exhibition at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

List of works in the exhibition:

23 minutes, spanish with english subtiteles

In the video „Living Megastructures", Caraqueños are interviewed about the everyday use of two megastructures - the new constitution and social housing project 23 de Enero. The views of the architects, social activists, governmental experts, artists, and people who live in 23 de Enero elaborate the relationship between these two productive forces which shape Caracas.

Architectural drawing of the facade of block 26 and 28

23 de Enero was designed by Carlos Raul Villanueva as the largest the social housing project in the 50ies in Caracas. In 1958, when the uprising against the dictatorship of General Pérez Jimenez took place, 4000 of the 9000 apartments of the housing project were squatted by campesinos and the poor. Since then, 23 de Enero has been a highly politicized and well-organized urban site which hosts radical social movements and organisations. Today, the alterations of the facades witness the process of appropriation and modification of architectural space by the people who squatted the unfinished apartments.

Series of 7 drawings, each 85 x 62 cm

"The Bolivarian workers at the front line of the revolution"
"The union of housewifes"
"The Revolution will not be televised"
"Self-organized media are the basis of freedom of expression!"
"The land belongs to the people"
"International solidarity for the bolivarian process"
"Workers are the constructors of the country"

Asci print on paper, 400 x 226 cm

In Venezuela at this moment, participatory democracy is associated with the making of the new national constitution in 1999. It is one of the major projects of Hugo Chavez Frias, the elected president since 1998, who is leading the process of social, political and economic transformations. The very popular constitution, which consists 350 articles is the source text for the asci print representing the housing project 23 de Enero.

all 14 x 20"
entrance left clockwise

1 – 11
Parque Central, commercial and residential megastructure from the 1970s, international solidarity forum April 2003, an international symposium to mark the first anniversary of failed coup against Hugo Chavez
urban agriculture project

12 - 18
Barrio La Vega, Barrio Los Winches

1st of May march through Caracas, basis for a SUPERCITIZEN drawing

international soldarity forum outside Parque Central

Handing out of the first land titles in the barrio Catia, Caracas

22, 23, 24
a former PDVSA building, which is now also used by the Ministry of Energy and Mining

back wall

Cerro Grande, Apartment blocks by Raul Villanueva, 1952, El Valle, Caracas

right walls from the back

Universiad Central de Venezuela, by Raul Villanueva, Caracas, since 2002 world heritage site

37– 51
23 de Enero, public housing project by Raul Villanueva, 1952-1958, consisting 9000 apartments, Caracas
school director’s office at elementary school in 23 de Enero
office of the community organization Coorinadora Simon Bolivar-

and a collection of Venezuelan constitutions