Materia Prima is a collaborative atlas of the impact of extractivism in the Mexican landscape. A critical research project about the lucrative destruction of the territory for the construction of the city, visualizing the impact of the extractivism industry and the radical transformations caused by its abrasive procedures, it seeks to understand the impact of architecture on the land, the landscape, and the territory.
Authors: Erika Loana & Gabriela Sisniega
Cast: Narrated by Erika Loana & Gabriela Sisniega
CHAPTER I: The origin ------ Matter Why should we talk about matter and territory today? And why is it important to talk about Materia Prima.
CHAPTER II: MEXICO If the territory reflects us, what would it be telling us today?
Video by Renata Arzac,
Music by Elizabeth Waites & Stella Ambrosi,
Narrated by Erika Loana and Gabriela Sisniega.
Some images were obtained from common credit sources for illustrative purposes only.
Special thanks to Antonio Chilaquil, Miguel Ángel Mendoza, Oswaldo Benavides, Angie Diosdado and all who walked and "derive" with us.
Materia Prima is a collaborative research project conceived by Erika Loana and Gabriela Sisniega, multidisciplinary Mexican architects who have worked together with different projects since 2011 as part of the Somosmexas Collective in projects such as ""Cartography Delirium"" with Martí Peran or "Invisible Borders" with Archis / Volume, and recently participated with different organizations such as the ''American Riad'' project in Detroit in 2018, among others. In 2020 selected for the Architecture digital pavilion -The Future is Now- curated by Proyector for the Mexican Open Design and “Landscapes of infrastructure” by Open House Worldwide.