CASAS PINTADAS, POLITICALY inVISIBLE
Urban Intervention | 2004-2006
Barrio Iglesias Flores
San José - Costa Rica
Politically (in) visible brings together photographs and video documentation from an urban intervention Casas Pintadas, a project that was conceptualized in 2004 and performed in 2006 in San José, Costa Rica.
Casas Pintadas is a participatory urban intervention in the heart of the capital that aims to provide cohesion and community awareness through the use of color. Neighbors and a road crew were committed to paint the exteriors of twenty local houses in a marginalized neighborhood of the city.
In addition to the precarious economy and reduced social and governmental support, the National Road, newly named Inter-American Highway, crosses the district raising the traffic flow and increasing sound and air pollution in the vicinity. This section is one of the most congested stretches of San José.
The houses' structural surfaces are plagued with a number of inconsistencies and irregularities due to the lack of building infrastructure and policy. In the project, these differences have been addressed, taking into account objects and volumes, applying color on every visible exterior, meandering on the facades, on the roof and on the pathways of these inhabited houses.