Giacomo d'Orlando

Photographer
  
El muro de la Vergüenza
Location: Wellington
Nationality: Italian
Biography: Giacomo d’Orlando is an Italian documentary photographer currently based in New Zealand. He begun his career of professional photographer in 2011, when he was 21, working for a photographic studio in his born city, Verona. After more than 3... read on
Public Story
El muro de la Vergüenza
Credits: giacomo d'orlando
Date of Work: 05/05/17 - Ongoing
Updated: 11/26/19
Location: lima, peru
During these last years, the whole world speaks more and more about social segregation, physical barriers to place between the boundaries and division between human beings. Many people think that building barriers is the best solution to solve the political and social problems that plague our time. It is well known that in most of Latin American Countries the difference between the richest and the poorest social class is significantly greater than the European Countries where this gap is depreciated by the middle class.
A singular case occurred in the city of Lima, between the district of Santiago de Surco and the district of San Juan de Miraflores, where a concrete wall was built in order to physically divide these two opposite realities. The differences between these two districts are visible to the naked eye. On the side of Santiago de Surco, there are luxurious residential complexes with access controlled by semi-permanent vigilance through places of fenced controls, green parks, paved roads and the best municipal services such as daily cleaning of their own roads. On the side of San Juan de Miraflores however, most of the residential areas in the vicinity of the hills are formed by “Asientamentos Humanos” or favelas, almost all the secondary roads are without asphalt and the public services as for example the garbage disposal is precarious.
The aspect of this wall is similar to a small fortress, leads to think that it hasn’t been built only for matters of demarcation, but also for issues of “social separation” since its height varies from 3 to 4 meters, and is equipped with barbed wire. The many families who lives in Pamplona Alta (fraction of San Juan de Miraflores) feel completely forgotten and discriminated by their own state and from people who do not want to be aware of their living conditions. Their greatest desire is being able to give a better future to their sons, different from the childhood that most of the people who are living here had. They would like to give to their children a better life, let them understand that they have the same opportunities of anybody else to realize their dreams.
 But all this is very difficult when a wall has been built between you and your ambitions, and that this wall that doesn’t even allow you to see that another reality is possible. Today the aspect of this area of Lima is surreal and reflects the division of modern society. On the one hand, the wealthy social class, with luxurious houses, swimming pools, green parks and state-of-the-art infrastructure and on the other side, separated by a few meters, the most humble social class deprived from even basic services to lead a dignified life. The fact that the division of these two realities is not a geographic boundary, but rather a wall of reinforced concrete and barbed wire built by the will of man, is the symbol of how today’s society is divided. All people have the same rights, however their lifestyle can be different, their social extraction and their philosophy of thought as well. Ignoring the problems or erecting barriers to separate and not seeing the other realities will never help to create a cohesive society where everyone has the same opportunities, but would only help to increasingly widen the gap between human beings.

By Giacomo d'Orlando —

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