Nos están apagando

2021
Madrid, España

La Cañada Real is the largest informal settlement in Europe.
Since October 2, 2020, 4,000 people have been surviving without electricity. More than half of them are minors.

“NOS ESTÁN APAGANDO” (we are being shut down) is a collective cry, a denunciation, a call for help.
The work is made up of 4,000 candles. One candle, one person.

The neighbors collected and lit the candles on the night of January 5th.

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CONTEXT

La Cañada Real is the largest informal settlement in Europe, with more than 8,000 inhabitants, and one of the most stigmatized places in Madrid. It began in the 60s with the first vegetable gardens and farmhouses around the cattle route. Today, it is divided into six sectors along 15 km of urban infrastructures: from Coslada to Getafe, through Vicálvaro, Villa de Vallecas, and Rivas. And there are up to 17 different nationalities.

Sectors 5 and 6 are the affected without light, with a population of 4,000 people, of which more than half are minors. The outages began in December 2019 and have been repeated periodically during 2020 until October 2, the last date with power.

Last December 22, 8 UN special rapporteurs denounced the situation in which these families find themselves.

Human rights are equal regardless of status, religion, culture, and ethnicity.

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Aerial photography of Cañada Real
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Salón de la casa de Houda, lideresa vecinal / Inside Community leader Houda's living room
Salón de la casa de Houda, lideresa vecinal / Inside Community leader Houda’s living room

PROYECTO PARTICIPATIVO


The project runs from December 10th, 2020, to January 5th, 2021, with the involvement of the association Mujeres Tabadol.
In meetings with local structures, we refined the message, defined the location, and opened the process of collecting candles donated by neighbors of the Cañada and civil society.

Once the 4,000 candles were collected, we prepared each in detail to withstand the weather.

Taller de montaje de velas en el lugar / On-spot candle mounting workshop
Taller de montaje de velas en el lugar / On-spot candle mounting workshop
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Information and credits
  • The intervention of 115 m long x 4 m high
  • Candles, plaster, vegetal paper, and sand
  • Made with the support of the association Mujeres Tabadol
  • Thanks to all the neighbors of Madrid who participated in donating candles, lighting, and extinguishing the work
  • Photography by Boa Mistura
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