Verdades cansadas

¿Qué nos dicen las categorías? ¿En dónde queda la línea entre la definición y la categorización? ¿En qué momento la simplificación por promedio se vuelve una sobre simplificación que da entrada al estereotipo?

Casa Vecina X Marca sólo una Casilla X

http://casavecina.com/proyecto/xmarcasolounacasillax/ X MARCA (SÓLO) UNA CASILLA X (para poder encasillarte)  En la constante necesidad de entendernos, de definirnos, de traducirnos en números y de mostrarnos en estadísticas, establecemos fronteras y creamos grupos, sub-grupos y categorías que suelen ser mutuamente excluyentes.   De manera cotidiana, estamos sujetxs a escoger entre categorías universales, y por lo tanto, arbitrarias –…

Santa Fe: A millionaire project built upon the Other

Abdul and his neighbors were squatting on land that belonged to the Airports Authority of India. Only a coconut-tree-lined thoroughfare separated the slum from the entrance to the international terminal. Serving the airport clientele, and encircling Annawadi, were five extravagant hotels: four ornate, marbly megaliths and one sleek blue-glass Hyatt, from the top-floor windows of…

Solidarity across Borders

Introduction In October 2014 a news story went viral and created great controversy when a white lesbian couple from Ohio sued their sperm bank over a mistake with their chosen donor. The couple alleged the company erroneously gave them vials from an African-American donor instead of the white donor they had carefully chosen. This mistake,…

The PUI Project – Medellin

“Colombia’s Medellin miracle” WashingtonPost.com By Anthony Faiola – Jul 11, 2008 “Medellin Sheds Cocaine Image to Become Cultural Hot Spot” Bloomberg.com By Christopher Bagley – Nov 21, 2012 “Medellin Homicide Rate Tumbles After Mafia Pact” Insightcrime.org by Natalie Southwick – Nov 13, 2013 “Medellin: A city in Metamorphosis” Elpais.com by Jesus Ruiz Manila – Nov 13, 2013 Medellin,…

World refugee day 2014

Mae Sot is a Western Thailand district that shares a border with Burma.  Last week, on June 20, was the commemoration of the World Refugee Day and I had the chance to visit the Mae La Refugee Camp. According to UNHCR, there are more than 50 million refugees around the world, and half are women and children. Mae…

In the land of a Thousand Smiles

Ten days already in The Land of Smiles: a name that I most times find perfectly accurate but then tuk tuks and motorcycles happen… The smile is an integral part of the Thai body language. The acute intonation of the chanting greeting: Sawatdee Kaaaa goes along with a nice smile, hands to the chin and a slight bow in…