The Blurred City

 

With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”

 

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

 

This work is based on the personal need to recognize myself in the place where my affections exist and develop. After living several years outside Argentina, I returned to my country and decided with my partner to start a family in the city of my origins, Buenos Aires. From this, several questions about this decision arose: where is the root that connects a subject to the place he or she belongs? How is the link of a person with the city where he or she was born?

The relationship that exists between the habitat and the people who live in it, and the transformation processes that occur between them as time passes by, are some of the recurring themes that focus my concerns when working on a specific place. But this time in which, because of personal issues I have to work on my own land, the framing became even more subjective and its process became more introspective.

However, this inner search for a symbolic dimension that allows me to understand my city, to interact with it, to take it over, takes place on a public territory, common to all the people who live in it. These urban spaces, which were created to live collectively, are also the representation of a society that becomes visible through them. Around public places there are tales, stories, images, which let us understand the history of a city and its people.

Although material constructions from one place are distinctive and dominant in the urban imaginary, what is intangible and cultural contributes from the essence to the definition of each image. The inhabitants of a city and their relationships are what give sense to the streets, squares, monuments, places of meeting.

The city for García Canclini “is conceived both as a place to live as well as an imagined space.” This means that cities should not be thought and analyzed in terms of construction but as constructions and imaginary projections, deeply related to the experiences and perceptions of its citizens. Within this complex scenario, it is necessary to understand how inhabitants live and imagine their cities and how those findings are modified as the product of urban transformation.

Thus, this work is primarily my look over the city of Buenos Aires in the middle of a personal process through the rediscovery of my roots and my incipient fatherhood. But also, it is an attempt to blur information and exchange spaces that are the collective and cultural expressions of an era and the people who inhabit it.