The place of money
Juan Campanini and Josefina Sposito discuss how an aesthetic of trust abruptly comes to an end
The relationship between Argentinian society and its banking system is covered by a heavy veil of mistrust and deception. December 2001 marked a turning point in its history—a total breakdown of the banking system. The neighbourhood of Buenos Aires that houses the headquarters of the main banks in a few blocks, popularly know as La City, was the centre of the scene.
Through photographs, drawings, and advertisements of banks published in Revista de Arquitectura in the 1920s and 1930s and through photographic records of demonstrations from late 2001 and early 2002, this research reconstructs the history of an aesthetic of trust, including its fatal outcome. In all of the documents, we see closed doors are a point of reference: they are devices that concentrate the tensions between society, institutions, and the city.
This article is part of “You met me at a very strange time in my life,” our CCA c/o Buenos Aires program that investigates architecture during the Argentinian financial crisis.