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The contemporary cities we inhabit seem to have no memory. The identity of the cities is being erased little by little in the maelstrom of construction and technological advancement. They build fast-consuming spaces destined to die that completely erase what was in the city. In the peripheries, especially in small towns, this tension is more evident, building hybrid spaces, unfinished works and intervened places that generate a dilemma in time, two moments of the city seem to fight: the Past and the future.

In the same way, the memory of the cities is intimately linked with the personal memory, the one that arrives or the one that goes inhabits a space that remembers and builds with its own experience. 



Land of uprooting is a project in which I return to the places of my childhood in search of an identity. I return to the cities where I grew up: a journey into the past that explores those peripheral spaces that strive not to be erased from a collective identity and at the same time intimately personal.


“Arriving in each new city
the traveler finds a past of his own
that he no longer knew he had:
the strangeness of what you are not
or do not have anymore
awaits you
to step in the strange places
and not possessed”.

                            Calvino, Italo.
1972.
The Invisible Cities.