In the summer of 2015, the Iconoclasistas, in residency at Casa Gallina, coordinated three collective mappings with neighborhood residents. The pioneering mapping of this Argentinian group has encouraged new and diverse approach strategies that generate reflection about a common and shared territory. The Iconoclasistas consider mappings as highly critical and potentially political tools, as well as vehicles to strengthen the social fabric in the community.

Process

DSCN443May.- The first residency of Pablo Ares, member of the Iconoclasistas, was focused on understanding the context of the barrio and on finding possible approaches for the mapping that the group could subsequently carry out in the neighborhood.

22082015-_MG_3897August 22.- Using Casa Gallina as a base, neighbors were summoned to make a critical mapping of the barrio, focusing on different issues concerning quality of life: infrastructure, green areas, use of public spaces, types of transportation, housing conditions, and real estate developments, among others.

IMG_4150AAugust 26.- The Iconoclasistas set the dynamics for the collective mapping in the Alameda de Santa María. The purpose was to collect data, record experiences, and gather specific proposals and personal stories to map the different dynamics of appropriation of public spaces in this area.

_MG_4444August 29.- With a group of residents, the Iconoclasistas coordinated the collective mapping focused on locating initiatives related to cultural strategies and social cohesion. This time, the work table was placed in front of the church in an attempt to blend into the dynamics of the people meeting there or walking around the area.

_MG_4476September 1.- A collective mapping of La Dalia Market was made. Topics addressed were consumption, trade and sociability issues generated within the market.

_MG_4652September 5.- The Iconoclasistas met with participants of the mappings at Casa Gallina. They discussed the information gathered and the concept of the printed material that will be distributed in the barrio.

_MG_4722The mapping process that demanded several weeks and comprised different locations was then documented as a chronicle available in PDF format (Spanish).

_MG_4652November 27. To close the sessions, mapping workshop participants met to deliver the printed map on gentrification in the barrio, and a printed notebook recounting the workshops. Also at the meeting, participants discussed distribution strategies of the printed map to generate critical reflection, networking and appropriation of public spaces.