Villa Portales

Jo Jo Fuentes is a painter from Santiago, Chile who is interested in how architectural space affects individuals and communities on a psychological as well as a social level. Her exhibition Villa Portales documents a social housing complex that is an icon of modern architecture and urban planning of the 1950s and 1960s in Santiago Chile. Cristian Vidal’s documentary, which was made in conjunction with Fuentes’ exhibition, introduces us to this representative work of Chilean modern architecture. The film contrasts earlier social housing designed to generate community with the “large and inhumane vertical ghettos” that are characteristic of low-income housing today.