Advocacy | Mapping
Multidisciplinary Residency | Traveling Exhibit
Puerto Casado, Paraguay
New York, NY.
Ca’Foscari University of Venice
The New School
Muweo del Barro
Elena Habre - Isabel Saffon
Puerto Casado’s history is long and complicated and it’s present brings to light the contradictions between formal and informal economies, colonialism, post-colonialism and peasant struggle for the right for land.
This project is the result of a design and art residency in which a multi-disciplinary team explored story telling as a tool for advocacy. Directed by Valentina Bonifacio, visual anthropologist from the Ca’Foscari University of Venice, the exhibition “Destiempo: Dynamogram, Puerto Casado”mirrors the collective research.
After 100 years of being an industrial colony -producing tannin for leather- Casado industries sold the land to the Unification Church. On October 2000, the casadeños were informed that the new owners of town were arriving, and as a result them would be evicted, disposed and displaced. The inhabitants revolt and march to the capital to carry out their claims through mobilizations and land occupation. In 2005 the government promulgated a Law of Expropriation of 52,000 hectares in favor of a cooperative of casadeños. However in 2007 the government repealed the Expropriation Law. Casadeños claim their sovereignty over the land, they work and are not planing to leave. Currently, around 35,000 has. are in dispute between the Unification Church and the pro-land committee of Puerto Casado, composed mostly of former workers of the factory.
The info-graphics highlight this struggle. Based on oral narratives of locals, collective mapping exercises and spatial analysis of the town, these try to use the power of data to advocate for peasants participation on the future of their town.