Eugeni Gay Marí­n

Photographer
    
Cholets
Location: Barcelona
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Barcelona 1978 I live in Barcelona and I have been working as a photographer and teacher since 2003. I graduated in Biology and studied Anthropology for two years.  My images have been published in various media such as El Paí­s Semanal,... MORE
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Cholets
Copyright Eugeni Gay Marín 2023
Updated Aug 2021
Location El Alto
Topics Architecture, Capitalism, Community, Documentary, Editorial, Globalization, Latin America, Photography, Street, Travel

El Alto is a city with 30 years of life and a million inhabitants, built next to La Paz, at 4,000m high. It is a chaotic place due to the vertiginous growth caused by immigration from the rural areas of Bolivia. With the arrival of Evo Morales to the power, a new Aymara bourgeoisie began to claim their identity. One of their most visible symbols are the houses they build, framed in what they call new Andean architecture, a type of construction devised by Freddy Mamani. The houses are made according to the use of each owner, most of them merchants, and stand out for their colors and shapes. All of them are designed as a business in itself: they have commercial premises, dance halls and apartments. The owners build their villa on the roof, where they live with all the comforts.

El Alto es una ciudad con 30 años de vida y un millón de habitantes construida al lado de La Paz, a 4.000m de altura. Es un lugar caótico debido al crecimiento vertiginoso provocado por la inmigración de las zonas rurales de Bolivia. Con la llegada de Evo Morales al poder, una nueva burguesía Aymara empezó a reivindicar su identidad. Uno de los símbolos más visibles son las casas que construyen, enmarcadas en lo que ellos denominan nueva arquitectura andina, un tipo de construcción ideada por Freddy Mamani. Son casas al uso de cada propietario, la mayoría comerciantes, que destacan por sus colores y formas. Todas ellas están pensadas como un negocio en sí mismo: disponen de locales comerciales, salones de baile y apartamentos. En el tejado construyen su vivienda, con todas las comodidades, en forma de chalet.



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