Alexia Manzano

 

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30 × 40cm, C-Print, 2017
aus der Serie »El Alto«

 

This project portrays the society of the new rich in El Alto, Bolivia. El Alto is almost exclusively inhabited by Aymaras, an indigenous group of the region. The term indigenous usually denotes a culture from the past, without possible change or evolution.
This project shows that the Aymara have a vivid culture and that their city has changed in the last 7 to 8 years, being these changes visible in their peculiar architecture. This comprise mainly the work of the architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre, who`s inventions are inspired on the Tiaguanacu culture and the Bolivian traditional weaved fabrics. This is reflected in the photography series, through finished buildings and construction sites.

I see this architecture as an act of rebellion and self-affirmation. Many rich people in South America build in European or North American Style. The Aymara from El Alto show themselves and their aesthetics expression in innovative housing, contradicting architectural academicism.

 

Geboren 1987, lebt und arbeitet in berlin. Sie studierte Modedesign in Buenos Aires und Visuele Kommunikation an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar und KHB in Berlin.

 

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