Touristification of urban poverty and the struggle of representation
Ausstellung von Cordula de Bloeme in der AkademieGalerie
Eröffnung DO 16.02.17 | 18:00 Uhr
Ausstellung 17.02. - 24.02.17
Öffnungszeiten FR-SO 17. - 19.02. 14:00 - 18:00 Uhr |
MI - FR 22. - 24.02. 16:00 - 20:00 Uhr
Just a stone`s throw from the so called Zocalo, the Placa de la Constitución, which is the main central square of Mexico City, is Tepito, a historic, notorious city district that can be visited as a tourist attraction. With Alfonso`s "Tepito Safari" strangers are guided safely through the borough, that they would not dare to enter by themselves.
The commercialization of Tepito as a tourist product is strongly associated with its negative reputation and its visual representation and the way, they influence each other. Still there is a certain pride among the Tepiteños, the inhabitants of Tepito, or even a collective identity, that seems to defy poverty and the negative image.