The Permanent Slum

Monday, September 20, 2010 14:33

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image of Villa 31 from Villa 31 – Retiro, Buenos Aires

In this article The Permanent Slum, Jordana Timerman, a political aide in the Argentine government’s Secretariat of Human Rights and a researcher at Centro de Estudios Perspectiva Sur of Generación Política Sur, reports on how an artist from Buenos Aires has engaged in a yearlong participatory process with inhabitants of Villa 31 – one of the city’s largest informal settlements – to design a 100ft tall monument in celebration of the slum’s identity.

The artist, Cynthia Cohen, who has gained the support of government officials for her participatory efforts, plans to build the monument on an abandoned road project in Villa 31, creating a towering landmark for the whole city to see.

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