lambe lambe created in collaboration with ACMSTC movement
In 2005 almost 40% of buildings on downtown São Paulo were vacant. Most of them were decaying, lacking electricity or sanitary provision. Nevertheless, that is precisely where urban infrastructure is best equipped, especially in transportation, commerce and service facilities.Urban policies push low income dwellings to the periphery of the city, even if that implies increased transportation and infrastructural services costs.Lower class population resists to moving out from the heart of the city even if it results on the need to live in the streets. Due to the pressure of the government, these people end up gathering on quite well organized social movements for the occupation of empty and decayed buildings. Usually when the movement takes over an abandoned building, there follows an organized process of cleansing and refurbishment.Artists and art collectives, including BijaRi, came to investigate and collaborate with some of these movements, seeking to relate them not merely as marginal or criminal phenomena, but as an urban cultural conflict rooted on the economic and value-production use of space.BijaRi created a work which should discuss aspects of urban policy and the concept of gentrification. The result was a poster, printed in large scale and distributed among different social dwelling organizations that stamped them on the entrance of the buildings as to make it visible and viral.