2011; Two channel digital HD video; 11 minute excerpt; 26 minutes total running time.
Every Building on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte- After Ruscha takes as its inspiration the American artist Edward Ruscha’s photo book “Every Building on the Sunset Strip” (1966) in which he photographed four kilometers of the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles with a motorized camera mounted on the back of a truck. Every Building on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte- After Ruscha, a two-channel video installation, uses a continuous tracking shot that takes inventory of a quotidian Bolivian landscape (and just as Ruscha's book could be the reproduction of the urban landscape of any industrialized city, this could also depict any contemporary third world city). It documents and simultaneously recreates the Avenida Alfonso Ugarte, a major thoroughfare in El Alto, a satellite city of the of La Paz - a site of a significant event in Bolivia’s recent history. El Alto, one of the largest urban centers and fastest growing in Bolivia is also one of the sites where violent protests related to the Bolivian gas conflict in October 2003 took place. In a 26-minute long, continuous take, Every Building on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte juxtaposes the mundane with ritual and social conflict inserting one single still scene of violence into the register of the typical scenery of daily Bolivian life thus capturing the variegated reality of El Alto, and, by extension, also that of all developing countries.