Livia Radwanski

Freelance Photographer
 
The women of Palo Alto
Location: Mexico City
Nationality: Brazil
Biography: Livia Radwanski is a Brazilian freelance documentary photographer filmmaker based in México City. She received a BFA in Film/Animation/Video at Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. She worked at Pochron Studios, a fine art photography... MORE
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The women of Palo Alto
Copyright Livia Radwanski 2022
Updated Jul 2016
Topics Documentary, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Women's Rights

THE WOMEN OF THE PALO ALTO COOPERATIVE. MEXICO CITY, MÉXICO

* A selection of these portraits are currently exhibited in the Mexican Pavillion in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in the Venice Biennalle 2016: Reporting from the Front. 

For over 44 years a battle has been fought in the neighborhood of Palo Alto in Mexico City.  Migrants from Michoacan state arrived in the 1940s to work as mine workers in the land they currently inhabit, living in slums at the edge of their working site. In the 1970s with land speculation and the development of the now financial and commercial area of Mexico City, Santa Fe,  they were "invited" to leave their homes and work. They resisted eviction and set up a cooperative in which the land is communal and there is only one property deed. Leading the way are the women who decided to fight against speculators, politicians and even their husbands to build their houses. They managed to do even more, they were able to build community. Thanks to them the Palo Alto Cooperative keeps on building a new horizon. 

Palo Alto is one of the most vibrant and current examples of community resistance in Latin America.
A series of portraits of the women that have being in the front lines in the battle to create and mantain, in the homes. 


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LAS MUJERES DE LA COOPERATIVA PALO ALTO. CDMX, MÉXICO

* Una selección de estos retratos están expuesto en el Pabellón México en la 15a Bienal de Arquitectura de Venecia 2016: Reportando desde el Frente. 

Hace más de 35 años que la batalla por el territorio en el barrio de Palo Alto se viene forjando. A su frente están las mujeres que decidieron luchar en contra de los especuladores, los políticos y hasta sus maridos para construir sus casas. Lograron mucho más, lograron construir comunidad. Gracias a ellas la Cooperativa Palo Alto sigue construyendo nuevos horizontes.


*  México City. 2016
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