Parque LezamaTracing everyday life in public space
Conceiving of urban public meeting spaces as integral to the definition of a community’s identity, and essential to the development of emotional connections to the city, Gabrielle made the Parque Lezama photographs to find the everyday patterns of community-making in this historically rich, neighborhood-rooted park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The reappearing characters and events in this surreptitious series give one a sense of this urban space and the afternoons of Buenos Aires.
“to find the everyday patterns of community-making in this historically rich, neighborhood-rooted park in Buenos Aires, Argentina”
The Parque Lezama project gives viewers a way to see the photographs in a manner akin to way they were taken. Organized by the date on which they were taken, one browses the site, noticing similarities over the different days of photographs, recognizing the characters of the space.
These photographs were made before Argentina’s 2001 economic and political upheaval and though this does not discredit them as a way of understanding the patterns of life in this city. These public spaces are surely more essential than before, now that the events that surround the park have broken Argentina’s previously-practiced serenity.
The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2002