Aporías Moviles is an installation that features photographic portraits of individuals whose faces have been expunged by a solid coat of graphite scratched on in layers. The altered portraits are displayed alongside small drawings which can only be seen from specific angles and various construction and building materials. The juxtaposition of these elements speaks to how we dismiss individuals affected by gentrification or urban renovation, where marginalized groups are often geographically displaced resulting in a global phenomenon of increasing class segregation. By erasing the face—a person’s most distinguishable physical attribute—Mangiante points out how society ignores the rights of those who bear the brunt of the economic violence perpetuated by overdevelopment. Mangiante chooses to work with rudimentary materials and methods, which she describes as simple but forceful in meaning.
Presented by the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)