Project Latinoamericanas Seguras
From our friendship, love for language and self-care, Sylvia Elena and I, are two Mexican women, friends, who share desires, doubts, fears and hopes about where we live.In a country where there are 10 femicides every day. Living in its capital, Mexico City, that monster built on unstable ground, an earth that often shakes, reminds us how fragile we are. That at any moment everything can change, that in reality we are not safe.
That's why we decided to collaborate. We started by reflecting on our relationship as women with Mexico City, we questioned how we would like to see it, what it should say in our daily lives.
Every day thousands of people cross the central axis in Mexico City and a building located in the heart of the city announces located in the heart of the city announces year after year: "Latino seguros" (Latino safe) but both the building and we know that it is not, its architecture has witnessed protests demanding safety, because we are not, although we all wish with all our hearts that we could be.
The Torre Latinoamericana (also known as Torre de Latino seguros) is a symbol of the importance of the growth of the city and the country. It is one of the most prestigious
and the first skyscraper built in a seismic zone. It remains one of the safest
the safest buildings in the city and the world despite its location, making it an icon of Mexico City. It is a story of strength and resilience.
It is from this story of strength, resistance and hope that we question its message,
that sign that for generations has been seen, without wavering, without falling. We believe that we must begin to rename our city, to rewrite it, in order to open a landscape for the future.
For this project, we decided to make a play with the words of the sign: Latinoamericanas seguras. This is a sketch to intervene the Torre Latinoamericana, a monument of "the modern utopia of Mexico City'' whose massive message we want to appropriate in order to spread the hopeful vision we have: a public space that we can inhabit without violence.
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