Mexico City, Mexico


Photos in collaboration with:
Fernanda Vega

Zócalo is the name of the main plaza of México City, since its foundation it has been perceived and represented as the city’s place of origin. In this research, I present a framework to analyze the value of the “Zócalo” as an empty public space for the city and its citizens.

In recent years, this plaza has been constantly occupied either by private or public events, these events constrain and restrict diverse forms of appropriation of the space. By a series of photographs taken throughout the day, I compared two types of occupation. This short ethnographic exercise helped to document the character the plaza, it portrayed its democratic condition where all kinds of social interactions can happen, but also it control and occupied condition.

This photo essay argues in favor of an un-program plaza, a free space for the city, with no physical barriers. The purpose is to reflect on the negative effects of the current administration and to open the discussion for better ways to manage main public spaces in the city. This research starts with the indigenous origins of the plaza, goes through its modern transformations and documents its current use. Finally, the research explores and suggest futures possibilities of occupation based on the collected information.

Research paper (slide to view)