Verónica Borsani, Luzía Fernández Loiza, Paula Marinaro and Loreley Ritta.
From Argentina. Live and work in Buenos Aires.
We are not what you expect
With the turn of the century, the criminalization of protest, the persecution of youth in the midst of the neoliberal crisis and the subsequent social upheaval of 2001 in Argentina, part of the anarcho-punk movement squatted abandoned spaces in response to economic injustice and real estate speculation, in order to live and develop cultural activities for themselves and for the community. “We are not what you expect” emerges as an editorial and exhibition project of photographs that portray that reality, as a form of registry and vindication of an anarchist struggle and construction of autonomous and horizontal self-managed spaces (squatted houses) in which the inhabitants took decisions in assemblies by consensus, organized journeys and manifestations with unemployed workers, the LGTTB+ community, political prisoners; and fought against the impunity of genocides. Fanzines fairs were held on the street, and recitals and participation in “escraches” were made together with Human Rights organizations. The project seeks to interrogate about the past and the present of countercultural movements and provide a different perspective on the hegemonic representations of punk, the ways of doing politics and the links of the underground culture with other social demands.
The analogical photographs that make up the project were taken between 1995 and 2008 by the members of the Kasa Loka collective (Verónica Borsani, Luzía Fernández Loiza, Paula Marinaro and Loreley Ritta), when they were between 16 and 25 years old, in the territories of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Spain and Germany. They are a portrait of an era and an internationalist movement, the Latin American anarcho-punk, which was nourished by experiences of different spaces and struggles.