Summer School

White by the Absence


The United States Census Bureau defines non-Hispanic white as white Americans who are not of Hispanic or Latino ancestry, (i.e., having ancestry from Spain or LatinAmerica). White neighborhoods in the United States are in many cases defined as “white” by the absence of Hispanic residents. It is a social segregation that is expressed in the urban form and in the language. The specificity of the term “non-Hispanic white residents” is the emphasis that explains the dimension of the racial conflicts in deep nuances.

This film by Miguel Braceli takes place in Baltimore, a city historically marked by social segregation - more specifically in Bolton Hill, where after two years I realize that I live in a neighborhood that I do not belong to, both because of my Latino status and because of my Spanish descent. The video is a first-person narration through a game with the architecture of my white neighborhood. The image is built through several cameras attached to my body. It is a performance that occurs in the context of a pandemic, posing multiple views on the idea of isolation.

Architecture Film Summer School, organised by MAXXI in collaboration with Copenhagen Architecture Festival / part of Future Architecture, Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union