Peti’s TourA photo essay and guided walk through Villa 31
Peti’s Tour was given to Gabrielle in August 1999, a tour of Villa 31, an informal settlement in the center of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The barrio sits behind a main railway station in Buenos Aires and runs for a mile along its tracks. Originally built for temporary resettlement housing, thirty years later, the settlement is now quite permanent.
Gabrielle photographed with Peti and her daughter, Jessica, and a neighbor’s child, Facundo. Peti and her family came from one of the provinces of Argentina to find work in Buenos Aires, and her stories encompassed a broad history of movement and change in Argentina. On her tour through the barrio, she explained the common routine of Argentinian immigration and settlement, wherein the newest immigrants to Buenos Aires, mostly Bolivians and Paraguayans, come to Villa 31 to live in rented rooms built on top of more-established squatters’ shacks. As she and Gabrielle explored her family photographs, they tried to understand where they each came from.
Published: disClosure : a Journal of Social Theory, 2002