Investigating Neighborhood: Tlatelolco and the localized negotiation of future imaginaries

Christoph Draeger, Tlatelolco, 2005. Neon sign. Collection Hotel Habita, Mexico City. Photography by Alison Brady.
Christoph Draeger, Tlatelolco, 2005. Neon sign. Collection Hotel Habita, Mexico City. Photography by Alison Brady.

Filled with the aspirations and anxieties of cultural development, Tlatelolco has been a significant cultural site since the Aztec period. In the twentieth century, it was closely identified with modernist urban planning ambitions of Mexico during the early 1960s, and student demonstrations and killings at the time of the Olympics in 1968. During the earthquake of 1985, it suffered dramatic casualties, as its architecture proved unsound and resulted in many fatalities. In recent years there has been increased cultural attention placed upon this planned neighborhood, both by governmental agencies that look to articulate or reconcile various interpretations of its past, as well as by artists from both Mexico and abroad that have engaged the site. Our presentation seeks to reflect on this resurgence of interest and the new significations, brandings, and ideologies it brings to this neighborhood.

Investigating Neighborhood: Tlatelolco and the localized negotiation of future imaginaries

The project combines preexisting artworks related to Tlateloloco with works commissioned specifically for the Museum as Hub. Films screenings, artist talks and workshops, discussions with cultural critics from Mexico, and informal discussion groups will take place over the course of the presentation. With this structure we hope to develop a discursive space that allows visitors to engage more fully in the reflections that the project generates regarding one neighborhood’s continual negotiation of future imaginaries.