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Inconcluso / espacio suspendido 2011-en prcceso

“It’s been lying there for about 5 years. A different owner appeared.”

¿Cuándo puede decirse que un edificio ha sido terminado? ¿Cuando éste es declarado como tal, inaugurado, bendecido? ¿cuando alguien lo comienza a habitar? ¿cuando es abandonado, ó destruido? Como muestra sintomática de ciertos aspectos de la modernidad, al recorrer un territorio es posible encontrar espacios construidos en estado de suspensión. Una arquitectura abandonada aún antes de ser concluida, ya no por sus habitantes, sino por sus propios gestores. Una especie de aborto-arquitectónico, voluntario o accidental. O bien una arquitectura atrapada indefinidamente en un aparente purgatorio, perpetuamente en espera de ser terminada o definitivamente borrada. Éstas ideas tienen un ancla particular en una serie de experiencias espaciales provenientes de mi memoria de 5 o 6 años de edad, época durante la cual diversas circunstancias provocaron que antes de acabar de construir por completo la casa de mi familia (estando en ‘obra gris’) nos mudáramos temporalmente, para regresar a habitarla un año después, aún sin completar. Una de las memorias más vivas del proceso de regreso y habitación de la casa, fue el redescubrimiento del espacio mismo, hecho que incluyó la sorpresa de encontrar en él huellas de una o varias invasiones realizadas mientras la casa se encontraba aún deshabitada. De éstas, la más intensamente impregnada en mi mente hasta hoy, fue la marca dejada por lo que se intuía había sido una fogata, memoria a su vez alimentada con la diversidad de formas en las que la imaginación de un niño de 7 años puede complementar una experiencia así: ¿qué clase de personas habrían incursionado en éste espacio? ¿qué actividades habrían realizado en él? ¿qué posibles motivos tendrían para entrar? ¿podrían ser personas conocidas? ¿con qué periodicidad habrían ingresado? ¿podrían regresar de nuevo, aún habitando nosotros la casa? ¿Qué acontecimientos hay entonces detrás de cada uno de estos espacios? Y a partir de ellos, ¿qué nuevos escenarios pueden imaginarse en relación al futuro? ¿de qué modos son utilizados en el presente? ¿qué información puede extraerse de ellos para inferir las causas de su actual estado? Y especialmente, ¿qué podemos aprender de ellos? Como si se tratara de una arqueología del presente, cada lugar posee una memoria particular, que habla de la historia del fracaso en algunos casos, ó de una esperanza de renacimiento en otros. Poseen igualmente una memoria que narra los modos en que distintas clases de habitantes imprevistos los han ocupado, o los ocupan. Lugares que son reclamados por usuarios que no estaban originalmente previstos, y que son tal vez más comparables a los habitantes de una ruina tradicional. Espacios que no han logrado cumplir su cometido, y poseen así una memoria parcial, la memoria de la ruina, pero no la del espacio primero habitado, después abandonado. Una memoria de refugio, más que de hogar. Provenientes de diversos orígenes sociales, económicos, políticos y geográficos, éstos espacios derivan en un cuestionamiento sobre la noción misma de arquitectura. Monumentos a crisis económicas globales y locales, a especulaciones inmobiliarias ó cambios administrativos, a disputas legales, a procesos turbios o prematuros, a los errores o a la ingenuidad. Monumentos que sin embargo, dada su naturaleza, aún están abiertos a pasar del estado de suspensión, a la súbita reactivación, como ha sucedido ya en alguno de éstos casos. Lugares por lo tanto, que se debaten permanentemente entre la esperanza y la desesperanza, asunto no tan lejano de la modernidad que los ha creado, y de un mundo que aún seguimos preguntándonos como habitar.


Unfinished / Suspended space 2011- in progress

“It’s been lying there for about 5 years. A different owner appeared.�

When can it be said that a building has been finished? The moment it is declared as such, inaugurated, blessed by a priest? When someone begins to inhabit it? When it is abandoned, or destroyed? As a symptomatic sample of certain aspects of modernity, in many places it is possible to find constructions in a suspended state. An abandoned architecture before it was even finished, not by its inhabitants, but its own promoters. A kind of architectural abortion, be it voluntary or accidental. Architecture trapped in an apparent purgatory, perpetually waiting to be finished, or definitely erased. These ideas have a particular anchor in a series of spatial experiences from mi memory as a 5 or 6 year old, a period during which, before my parents were able to fully finish construction on our house, many circumstances led us to move to another city. We returned a year later and, while still unfinished, began living in it. One of the most vivid memories from the return and inhabitation process was the rediscovery of the space itself, which included the surprise of finding in it traces from one or more invasions done while the house was still uninhabited. Of these, the most intensely impregnated on my mind up to this day, was the mark left behind by what one supposed had been a fireplace, a memory in turn fed by the many ways a 7 year old can complement such an experience: What kind of people could have entered our space? What kind of activities had they done in it? What possible motives could they have had to enter? Could they be people known to us? How often did they go inside? Could they return again, even now that we were already living in the house? What sorts of events take place behind each of these spaces? And from them, what future scenarios can one imagine? In which ways are they being used? What information can be extracted from them in order to infer the causes of their current state? And most importantly, what can we learn from them? Like an archaeology of the present, each place possesses a particular memory that speaks about a history of failure in some cases, or of a hope for rebirth in others. They also possess a memory which narrates the ways in which different kinds of unforeseen inhabitants have occupied them, or occupy them. Places that are reclaimed by users who were not expected, and which maybe are more comparable to the dwellers of a traditional ruin. Spaces which have not fulfilled their commitment, and thus possess a partial memory, the one of the ruin, but not the one of the firstly inhabited, the abandoned space. A memory of refuge or shelter, more than a memory of home. Born in diverse social, economical, political and geographical places, these spaces derive in a questioning of the notion itself of architecture. They become monuments to global and local economic crises, to speculation, administration changes, legal disputes, murky or premature processes, to mistakes, or to ingenuity. Monuments which are nonetheless, given their nature, still open to go from a suspended state to a sudden reactivation, as has happened with one of the photographed cases. Places which therefore permanently oscillate between hope and hopelessness, an idea not far from the modernity that created them and from a world which we still ask ourselves how to inhabit.


“seiempre se inundaba... se tuvieron que pasar del otro lado de la carretera...”

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“it was always inundated, so they had to move to the other side of the highway...”

Caminos y Puentes Federales / Federal Roads and Bridges (CAPUFE) inicio: ca. 2000. Demolido en 2011 / Start: ca.2000. Demolished in 2011 Puebla, Mexico


“dicen que lo diseño Pedro Ramírez Vazquez. Después vinieron dificultades económicas...”

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“they say it was designed by Pedro Ramirez vaquez. Later on money issues came...”

Hotel Selva

vida: ca. 1980-? / life: ca.1980-? Veracruz, Mexico


“Sábado, marzo 30 2002 continúa cimentación de 3 columnas remains to be done. Los trabajadores salieron a las 5:20 PM… El padre Amado visita la obra. Sin comentarios” ...

“Saturday, march 30 2002 Formwork for 3 columns remains to be done. Workers left at 5:20 PM… Father Amado visits construction site. No comments”

bitácora de obra / construction logbook

(Inicio: ca. 2001, finalizado: desconocido / Start of construction: ca. 2001, finished: unknown) Cholula, Mexico


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iglesia / church

inicio: ca. 2005- conclusi贸n: desconocido / start: ca.2005- finished: unknown Puebla, Mexico


“con obras como estas... tengo la confianza de que para Puebla lo mejor esta por venir.”

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“with projects like this... I am confident that for Puebla the best is to come.”

Estadio universitario / University stadium

(inicio: ca. 1992-93, suspendido por más de 20 años, conclusión: 2011 / suspended for over 20 years. Finished: 2011) Puebla, Mexico


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Untitled

(Inicio: ca. 2000, conclusi贸n: desconocido / Start of construction: ca. 2000, finished: unknown) Huejotzingo, Mexico


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conjunto residencial / residential complex

(Inicio: ca. 2001, conclusi贸n: desconocido / Start of construction: ca. 2001, finished: unknown) Cholula, M茅xico


“Lleva 5 años así... nunca funcionó. Apareció otro dueño, mandó tumbar todo”

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“It’s been like this for 5 years...it never operated. A second owner appeard, and ordered everything be demolished”

estación de servicio / gas Station

(Inicio: ca. 2000, conclusión: desconocido / start of construction: ca. 2000, finished: unknown) Puebla, Mexico


“apareció una grieta muy grande en la parte trasera del edificio, tuvieron que abandonar la obra”

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“a big crack appered on the backside of the building, they had to abandon the site”

torre residencial 1970s : lobby / 1970s residential tower: lobby

(Inicio: ca. 1975-78, conclusión: desconocido / start of construction: ca. 1975-78, finished: unknown) Puebla, Mexico


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humo / smoke

(inicio: ca. 2001, conclusi贸n: desconocido / start of construction: ca. 2001, finished: unknown) Cholula, Mexico


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periférico ‘ecológico’ I - paso elevado/ ‘eco’-peripheral road I - overpass

(inicio: ca. 1994, en uso con fragmentos inconclusos / start of construction: ca. 1994, in use with unfinirhed fragments) Puebla, Mexico


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periférico ‘ecológico’ II / ‘eco’-peripheral road II

(inicio: ca. 1994, en uso con fragmentos inconclusos / start of construction: ca. 1994, in use with unfinirhed fragments) Puebla, Mexico


“no puede usted estar aquí”

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“you cannot be here”

edificio desconocido / undisclosed building

(inicio: ca. 2010 / conclusción: desconocido / start of construction: ca. 2010, ffinished: unknown) Pachuca, Mexico


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Caminos y Puentes Federales II / Federal Roads and Bridges II inicio: ca. 2000. Demolido en 2011 / Start: ca.2000. Demolished in 2011 Puebla, Mexico


Acapulco 2010

The beach of Acapulco transforms constantly. Before the tourists wake up and begin settling on the beach, a series of transformations take place behind the scenes in preparation for this occupation. Temporary installations function as ephemeral service infrastructure during the day, and rituals take place day after day to serve and give support to the tourist occupancy. At sunset the process inverts itself, and the beach begins to transform in the opposite way, responding to the momentary abandonment and the residues that the temporary residents leave behind. Like an army on a battlefield, the tourist side withdraws day after day, in order to return with renewed strength on the next one. Before and after its arrival, another group of a different kind cleans and prepares the territory -with help form the sea- once and again.


Untitled


Ritual


Family tent


Paloma


Untitled


Sea


Topographies 2009-

These photographs are a series of tests on the materiality of photography and its spatial and/ or volumetric condition and potential. These exercises were made through experimentation with different kinds of paper in the lab, looking during a first stage for ways to manipulate the paper so as to generate volumes (topographies), and evaluate the behaviour of both the image and the material itself, in order to generate deconstructed images on a larger scale, and explore different applications of this expanded material quality of the image. This project is in an experimental stage.


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photography works