Civic jungle

2019

An action that consisted of offering people to wear masks of animals in a public space, while they inhabit the space and walk through it. The idea came from a reflection about how the public space is not a neutral zone of a celebration of difference, but a place of contradictions and imminent conflict, a scenario of territoriality. Despite that, there is an abstract idealized notion of public space that, departing from a conception of urban sociability as civility, hides the deep hostilities, exclusions, and incompatibilities that constitute the wild reality of the public realm, dissimulating its animality with the myth of connivance.