The project „Misiones - Espero que los cóndores vengan a comerme“ deals with a Chilean type of building called "Mediaagua". A „Mediaagua“ is a shelter made of cheap building materials such as chipboard and corrugated iron in many cases. These emergency shelters are erected when people lose their homes and become homeless in the course of disasters. In history, the „Mediaaguas“ were also built for social housing projects to provide a home for people on the edge of subsistence. The project "Misiones" tells of the difficulties of living in the diaspora, experienced by many Chileans who come to Germany.
They enter new territory, try to arrive, make new connections without losing the old ones. The years-long process of integrating into a new "culture" often creates a long-lasting state of emergency that can become part of everyday life for those involved. In the search for shelter, the mediaagua offers protection and, at the same time, tells stories that are often ambivalent but from which new connections can also emerge. The artworks work individually, but can also be assembled to form an installation as was installed for the exhibition of Chilean Conexión Festival in Berlin 2021.
Jacquardweave, 140 x 130 cm
Jacquardweave, 150 x 130 cm
Installationview "Misiones - Espero que los condores vengan a comerme", 2021, 130 x 130 x 140 cm, Wood & Jacquardweaves, exhibition pictures by Constanza Camila Kramer Garfias