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In the present day, for the first time in the history of mankind, the world has united against a common enemy COVID 19, a virus that has affected each and every single one of us, although, every individual has faced different consequences of this event. Unfortunately, economically challenged sectors have been more drastically impacted by this disease. Iztapalapa, a mayoralty in Mexico City, is one of the most affected mayoralties in the city with already most cases in the country. If Iztapalapa was a country it would be in 70th place of cases in the world with 6,048 cases (Forbes, 2020). Sadly, this community has been neglected by the authorities whose job is to protect them, they are alone.
For all of this, the project will be held in Iztapalapa, with the intent to make the neighborhood feel that their experiences, loses and pain are acknowledged. Therefore, it is important that everyone in Iztapalapa feels that the space is theirs, that it forms part of their identity, and that is not alienated to them. With this in mind, the concept “beauty in the unfavorable” was originated. The purpose of the project is to provide the locals a space where they can express their perception on the situation, to depict the full story, the positive and the negative.
The memorial will be located at the Pantheon San Lorenzo, in front of the hospital Dr. Belisario Domínguez. The decision to put the memorial within the pantheon came from the connection Mexicans have with the resting places of our beloved ones. It is an important part of our culture to honor our dead, and since one of the measures that had to be implemented was the prohibition of traditional burials, the project will serve as a replacement of this graves, so people could come and honor their deceased.
Urban art takes an important place in the identity of the mayoralty, with programs promoting the betterment of the streets with this graffities. This artform has provided an artistic outlet for many, it has given them a way to portray their lives and their culture. For all of this, the idea is to invite street artists of the area to illustrate COVID 19 the way they lived it and felt it, since no one can comprehend and express it better than themselves.
The project consists of nineteen walls of 5 by 4 meters, and each panel will contain a mural with a meaning of their own. These walls are aligned in a way that from the South and North perspective they appear extraneous to one and other. However, view from afar on the West façade, these walls will align in a way that the graffities integrate with each other forming a unified picture. The aim is to portray the idea that all of us experience this phenomenon differently, but until you see the whole picture, you get to truly understand and empathize with what other people went through during COVID 19.
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