Rojkind Arquitectos has revealed a "mourning claim" memorial proposal for coronavirus victims. The design project led by Michel Rojkind, Arturo Ortíz Struck, and Diego Díaz Lezama has initially envisioned the memorial both in New York City's Times Square and Mexico City's Zocalo.
"We are claiming the act of mourning. We can at least take care of that, of building symbols where we can place the testimony of our life and the lives of others," stated the authors.
Description by Arturo Ortíz Struck:
We question the notion of hospitality and the possibility of welcoming others without an imposed representation of the world, without a narrative setting a reality around an individual understanding of things. We should stop idealizing others in our terms.We worry about the way a pandemic disease could bring societies under state power andsystematic surveillance, a situation in which humans can be seen as objects to be managed, but sovereignty over our bodies is just a liberal illusion. We think that the ethical problem with abiopolitical view, is that life cannot be managed
We speculate on how we should welcome others in this pandemic crisis. How to create hospitality? How to see things beyond the management? Our intuition leads us to demand the right to bury ourdead, which we understand as the key against biopolitical confinement
A grave is the last testimony of life, of our life. Design and architecture can be in charge ofmaterializing the signs that took life by surprise and killed hundreds of thousands without allowing a space for mourning. We are claiming the act of mourning. We can at least take care of that, of building symbols where we can place the testimony of our life and the lives of others. Imagine a way through which we can bring these terrible deaths to shared memory, honoring their lives through cities filled with cenotaphs.
It is not about creating memorials or monuments that the state appropriates to manage socialsensibilities. It is about creating simple cenotaphs that allow the living to watch over our dead andextend the cemetery inside the city, next to their homes. We strive to create a sensibility aboutdeath, displaying a social necessity to assume responsibility over the death of “another”, any“other” who died in any country, without regards to origin, race, gender, religion, political views, or migratory status.
We conceptualize ephemeral installations in Times Square in New York, and in Mexico City’s Zocalo as examples. They consist of placing in these locations a cenotaph dedicated to all of those that have died, with their names. After some weeks of social mourning, we encourage families and friends to participate and take the corresponding cenotaph to the sidewalks of their homes. The mourning extends to the neighborhoods of each city. We can share our pain in the pain of the others
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