Yucatan, Mexico, 2010


The Introvert is a proposal for a generic monument for Merida, Mexico, that explores the medium of the collage as a form of retroactive site analysis. The project reconstructs found images of Merida’s civic and religious icons—Mayan pyramids and colonial mansions—with photographs, and video footages of the unsung industrial monuments of Newark, NJ. The scrambling of contexts suggests a process of defamiliarization, through which “nowhere” became synonymous with “anywhere”. The project is an attempt to question the power of architectural icons to sustain meaning when taken out of their defining contexts. The proposal plays with a reversal of visual perspectives, where exterior iconicity is replaced with a series of axiomatic interiors centered around individual spatial experience. What was once geographically specific is render ubiquitous in a series of site-less counterfeit landmarks.