Histories

To present a single and official history of Vila Itororó would amount to ignore the many histories that cut through the place and that compose the site. It would also amount to ignore all the controversies that characterise its past and also its present. Thus, this archive is shared with the double aim of presenting the many histories of Vila Itororó and to make public the histories that are still being written.

The borders between fiction and reality are blurred in these histories under construction, between past and present, remembrance and oblivion. In such a way that Vila Itororó becomes more palpable, in all complexity, amidst the debris. If each narrative about the city is a battlefield, to explore the history of Vila Itororó is to open a path into the comprehension of the constitutive tensions of the city of São Paulo itself: its past, its actuality and contradictions that produce its future.

Anyone who has material about Vila Itororó can contribute with the formation of this archive, here.

Listening

The sound archive, under construction, is composed by different voices of the people who lived here in Vila Itororó, others who have passed through this place or else who work here. Far from telling a single and cohesive history of Vila Itororó, this archive allows for the access to dissonant and heterogeneous voices. Such audio tracks can be listened to here in the format of partially edited research raw material, with transcriptions attached. Edited sound versions in the form of a guided tour through Vila Itororó are available in the construction site, constituting a possible oral history of the ensemble.

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Seeing

It is not enough to look at Vila Itororó in order to see it. This visual archive, under construction, composed by images from different times, points to many Vila Itororó’s that exist within Vila Itororó, and that the naked eye cannot reach: the Itororó river, is nowadays subterranean and runs inside pipes laid under Avenue 23 de Maio; the palazzo, then already being lived in, increasingly added to; the houses, originally meant for a single family, divided into many dwelling spaces, in the form of a slum; walls erected, pulled down or graffitied; among other transformations, such as layers that overlap or even that have been erased. Personal archives, long-term researches, photo essays, paintings, drawings and films/videos.

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Reading

A lot has been written about Vila Itororó. From the work diary by Francisco de Castro, creator of Vila Itororó, plus the words written by dwellers, architects, urbanists, artists, governors and researchers from diverse areas. Here we are elaborating an archive composed by scanned textual documents, books, reports, articles, academic research and also researches and publications by the Vila Itororó Canteiro Aberto (Open Worksite).

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