The reactivation of the railway system in Mexico opened an informal channel for thousands of migrants from the North Triangle of Central America, fleeing an environment of violence and extreme poverty. The train network known as “La Bestia” became the means by which nearly half a million migrants who entered Mexico each year could travel through the country anonymously and directly, thus constituting a sort of vertical border that is distributed throughout the country.
“Walk the line: The distributed Vertical Border”
4 June – 6 July, 2019
RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place, London
This exhibition explores how the movement and pauses of migrants affect the physical and imaginary environment of the territory they navigate. Focusing on the seven cities that initiate the distributed vertical border through Mexico, the exhibition spatialises trade, labour, screening, protection violence and obstruction through a coordinates system that traces the architectural objects that constitute the route.
The exhibition is developed by Proyector, a curatorial platform based in Mexico City, dedicated to promoting emerging voices in contemporary architectural research.