This project studies the relationships between archiving, cartography and textiles by understanding the city as an expanded body in which the citizen is an active agent to create the connections in the chaotic city of Lima.
In Lima, San Juan de Lurigancho is the district with the highest population and the district of Comas has also a large population, more than 1.5 million people, in Lima more than 8 million people live. Even though they are located side to side. To get from San Juan de Lurigancho to Comas takes 4 hours. But exists another road that takes 40 min.
This road operates informally but is used by most people. This informal road was created by the neighbors themselves. On this route there is a university, a cemetery and market. Therefore, there is not only an informal highway, but there is a city that runs through this informality.
I worked with master Chela Cardich, who is a founding member of the Awaq Warmikuna Association—a group of migrant weavers located in San Juan de Lurigancho district—to create a textile map showing this informal highway. In the process, I did not find any images about this route, that is why I used a GPS based on app to make images and with the help of two we made the way by foot from different distances. We make one type of topography with images. Then we pick up different things from the way, such as rubbish, bottlecaps, and other traces.
To make the work I used the waist loom –a native technique from Latin-America– which is influenced by the colonial textile wheels. Then, we intervened on the textile with the things that we collected on the road.