Weaving The Web:
Mapping Memories of Chinatown

Weaving The Web: Mapping Memories of Chinatown is a collaboration between Mirana Zuger , Alejandro Salgado Cendales and members of the Chinatown community. This video archive reveals the stories and memories of the people that inhabit the neighborhood.

Mirana and Alejandro are nomadic artists who combine community-based work with their studio practices. This condition and their diverse cultural backgrounds (Mirana is a Croatian/French Canadian and Alejandro is Colombian) have been transforming their understanding of culture, economy, and politics, and their intrinsic relationship, as well as redefining their identity and their role as artists. Their work intends to collaborate with local communities, emphasizing the visualization of minorities.   
    
The project aims to activate the local memory through a participatory exercise driven by inclusion and equality principles. The stories and memories conform a local History that exposes the uniqueness and commonality of Chinatown´s public sphere, where people from different nationalities, ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, social class, sexual and gender identities coexist, exemplifying the concept of solidarity.

To guarantee the horizontal structure of the project, all the interviews were included and have been chronologically organized.  

In a moment of racial and political tension, art can be an instrument to practice democracy and build a sense of communality among groups of diverse backgrounds.
    
    





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