“Reborn in Concrete”

“Reborn in Concrete” documents the social complexity of a community of displaced people, which was benefited in a social housing project located in the center of the city of Bogotá.
Places of comfort, new possibilities of territorial appropriation, the use of a new urbanism that generates tranquility to the community.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his documentary series presents a series of images that give an account of the current reality in the way the government is promoting social housing, thinking about the displaced, and this strategy may be the beginning of a positive variety of urban phenomena associated with the eve Of postconflict in Colombia.

The project La Hoja is framed in this context as the pilot laboratory of urbanism with which the current institutionality aims to give a unique opportunity so that social projects are not located in the outskirts of the city, thereby proposing a new way Of linking these vulnerable sectors of the displaced population in processes closer to the economic, social and cultural dynamics offered by the urban center of a metropolis such as Bogota and its Capital District.

More than 400 families integrate a melting pot of national culture, coincidences of life and above all desire to start a new life. As is common in high national percentage, female heads of household tend to be the predominant figure as leader of the household. In this project, women benefited the most from the government subsidy, resulting in a positive presence and a challenge to build trust in a new community.

Linked to them, a weight of stories of social misfortune that today are somatized with a new hope of free and dignified housing, the inheritance of their children and grandchildren who accompany them in this long transhumance inherited from the human condition and their struggle for the territory.

The rebirth as a metaphor of starting again for those people who were stripped of their lives overnight, A set of stories that show the barbarism that some have lived and the reality of the country that has had it Throughout its history a ballast of bloody struggles for territories.

The concrete, as a set of words that pose the basic, necessary and vital for a family as it is housing, the safety of a roof and return to love for own.

Starting a new life in this case implies a new space, novelty in their forms of territorial appropriation, reinserted into a model of citizen coexistence that invites them to renew their trust in the other, to integrate the same space and the same everyday. The responsibilities of the group bring new challenges in social, political, environmental and psychological to inhabit a new territory.

This set of images give an account of an urban project that is born from scratch to socially invented, self-regulating community and cultivating the personal promise of forgiveness and resistance to oblivion.

“To forgive is not easy, to forget much less.”

About the author:
Juan Tapias is a freelance photographer, he is a training architect but since very early photography was his form of communication, he has been a professional for more than 10 years and has published in various publications on subjects related to architecture and urban space in a documentary way. He has published in magazines with Photo France and has received national and international recognition.

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