It has just finished the 13th Arquine Congress held in Mexico city. Matched with the Congress it was also held an architecture competition to provide a shelter for Central Americans migrants on their transit towards the U.S.A. According to the organizers “The purpose of these shelters is to bring shelter, human safety and sometimes medical and psychological attention, as these people, during their crossing must face several actions such as migrant trafficking, slavery, clandestine human trafficking, trafficking of drugs and other substances, amongst others; which are detrimental
not only for the migrant in its transit, but also for the national development and public safety”.

Immigrants should decolonize their minds from the idea of material growth, wondering that the mental dream they are trying to achieve is nothing more than the very beginning of their problems.

Following the challenge posed by Arquine we imagined an artifact that could be used to avoid just using band aids. A sort of denouncing apparatus not to be physical constructed but to generate a legend to inoculate in the minds of Central American people, a sort of contemporary “llorona” that they can find in their route to the United States. This “llorona” won’t bring them to the hell, it will bring them back to real home. It will capture them and decolonize their minds from the distorted idea of material progress which is nothing more that the modern tale of capitalism.

- You can read our complete proposal here: Tourniquet at dpr-barcelona BLOG
- High resolution image of the Tourniquet

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"La Bestia". Source: Polo’s Bastard