MONUMENTO REVERSIBLE (or
the Creative, Local
and Informal Economy), 2008
In 1968 in the South End of Boston a group of mostly Puerto Rican community activists organised to gain control over the development of their soon-to-be demolished neighbourhood. It was seminal moment in the history of affordable housing, civil rights and community organising. Today Villa Victoria, 435 housing units and home to a community of 3,000 residents, remains an affordable housing cohort in Boston’s gentrified and affluent South End neighbourhood because of the efforts of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA).
Monumento reversible (also Monument to the Creative, Local and Informal Economy) commemorates the history of Villa Victoria while exploring the new needs of its younger generation. On one side and obelisk and when turned inside out a kiosk, the mobile structure is a vessel from which the new generation of residents, who mostly face difficulty finding employement, can trade a range of products and services including mixtapes and CDs, used objects, photographs, zines, handbags etc.
Thank you Pedro "Chico" Cruz, Steven "Nono" Maldonado, Jose "Rompe" Rios, Jose "Sacrificio" Plaza, Jose "Brujo" León, David Kay, Roberto "Bobbito" Garcia, Zaid Al Khalid, Jegan Vincent de Paul, and Matilsha Marxuach.
MIT professors vetting the artwork before the project is launched into the public realm.