Diario Popular / General / Exhibition involves art and anthropology when approaching the Cohabpel region


Until next Monday (14) you can visit the “capsule exhibition” (small format exhibition) called CP50+ (Cohabpel 50+) at the AntroLab Showcase – nº 45 – of the Satte Alam Gallery, which connects the sidewalks of Sete de September and Andrade Neves. The show, which involves anthropology and visual arts, highlights the surroundings of Cohabpel, a housing complex in the North of pellets🇧🇷

The exhibition features dozens of original objects dating from the turn of the 1960s to the 1970s, in addition to documents, videos, material published by the press and sound recordings that represent an important sociocultural moment in the history of urban mobility in Pelotas, which, according to the organizers, , until then had not been addressed under this relevance.

The material illustrates a visual narrative proposed by the anthropologist and Master’s student in Visual Arts at the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel) Eligolande Lascano Furtado. Gerson Machado, a graduate in Anthropology at UFPel, and the cultural and academic producer of Geography Gilmar Pinheiro, both members of the Laboratory of Applied Anthropology (AntroLab), focused on consumer anthropology, also participate in this assembly.

According to Furtado, whoever heads to the North area of ​​Pelotas through the “Osório roads” (Rua General Osório or Avenida Fernando Osório), when passing through Cohabpel, which occupies six blocks with almost identical buildings, with “monotonous” architecture, probably does not realize that one of the city’s architectural, social and cultural landmarks is located there. “Cohabpel is responsible – to say the least – for a radical geographical shift in the Pelotas urban landscape from the 1970s onwards, consummating the northern occupation of our city (in its expanded central region) ‘replacing’ the South zone, limited through the São Gonçalo channel”, he evaluates.

According to the researcher, the surroundings of Cohabpel at the time, supported by the commerce and services offered and ratified by the high-end residences that surrounded the popular housing complex, gave that region the nickname of “noble area”. “Which other medium or large cities, from 1970 to 2000, had their noble region associated with the North zone? None that I have in my memory. And this is precisely why Cohabpel plays a key role in this atypical geographic turn – even in the case of a popular housing project”, he says.

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