The map as a “geographic object” is a source for providing information and analysis on the evolution of urban populations. Usually, both the selection and construction of such analysis is mediated through the use of photographs or statistics that leave aside other significant information. Thus, it becomes problematic to map territorial spaces in terms of their social dynamics which are usually considered peripherical in their relation to their own city as a whole. Such sensitive spaces may become rendered invisible. Faced with this, the project deepens the relationships between textiles, cartography and archives, starting from the idea of the city as an expanded body in which the citizen is an active agent that spawns connections based on its own territorial urban chaos.
The Project is relational because I worked with the Awaq Warmikuna Association a group of migrant settlers located in San Juan de Lurigancho district in Lima to create the textile map which depicts an informal highway. This informal highway connects the largest district in Peru (San Juan de Lurigancho) with the fourth largest (Comas). It is worth mentioning that this unofficial road was created by the inhabitants from both neighbourhoods and that there is no formal record of this trail available. The waist loom –a native technique from Latin-America– was influenced by the colonial textile wheels which combes the waist loom with pulley dynamics. Such influence transformed its domestic practice into craftsmanship and allowing its massification. For Sensitive Cartography, a 4-wheel textile allows weaving up to 100 meters of warping which makes it an ideal device for a collective work along with the settlers from San Juan de Lurigancho.
At a contextual level, the machine from Hispanic origin –a juxtaposition of South American and European influences–metaphorically addresses migration issues through the use of the map. My methodology to develop this work included interviews and immersion processes for 3 months through learning, recognizing the technique and recording the undocumented trail by adding contextual objects and materials in the form of a creating a textile.
Topography not imagined: you are here reconstruct the topographic map of Pasamayito, an informal highway that connects the districts of Comas and San Juan de Lurigancho.
Un - Weaving Perú