Author: Diana Cabeza
Research: Diana Cabeza
Original Drawings: Diana Cabeza
Exhibition: Safety Nest, Río de Janeiro
Curators: Paula Antonelli, Nicola Goretti
Tutor: Andrea Saltzman
Lighting: Pablo Pizarro
Construction: M. Ferrucci y G. Buccella
Music: Ariel Simanovich
Video: Natalia Ardissone
The Urban Nests project is about research, interpretation and re-elaboration of the refuge of the “urban nomad” who, being rejected by society, finds shelter in the re-utilization of the refuse and rubbish that society generates, thus creating a habitable environment.
The project entails reflecting on how people fulfill their need for protection in a context of absolute precariousness and destitution.
Thus, a destitute person builds “containers/supports” that resemble something in between a sleeping bag and a room, to be understood as an interface between body and space, for either internal or external use.
In this walk-through, we will see and understand how to create an inside in the outside, and how, in an external space, make the exterior as your own interior.
While living and feeling this installation the audience will be able to understand what it is to be near that situation of helplessness in which this nomad builds his/her “urban shelter” or “safety nest”.
The public will perceive how to create “a place in the non-place”; privacy in the public realm; absence in the urban limelight; to be covered with urban nakedness and to be protected in precariousness.