Earl Power Murphy . Beth Weimer . Christine Knuerr . Jenny Foster . Angela Inez Baldus . Jack Power Wayvon
Nate Comte . Allison Walsh . Skyler J. Edwards . John Seckler
Papel de Regalo
Estera is the material often used by people migrating from the mountains, the rain forest or cities located far from the capital of Lima in Peru.
4 walls woven with different types of straw or dried plant leaves and a roof made of tin or blue tarps, become a place to live. Many persons coming from different regions of my country would approach the center of the city by occupying portions of territory and installing this small homes, barely enough to fit 4 people sleeping on the floor.
Intrigued by the simplicity of their materials, concerned by the reasons why people would take the risk to live under those precarious conditions, I stayed vigilant to their ever growing multiplication.
Little by little, the straw walls became, brick after brick, walls. First one floor, sometimes a second floor with windows and a wooden door. People would buy the bricks to protect their families and next to a neighbor or many others create new cities.
These small homes carry a historic lineage of courageous people full with different cosmovisions, different languages, habits, dances, costumes, foods. They carry the depth of their culture with different shapes and colors willing to spend years in constant becoming to offer new opportunities to their children or trying to follow a personal pursuit to study and learn what their villages or country lives couldn't offer at the time.
Estera is a small structure that, little by little, enveloppes the curious passing eyes with admiration when understanding the beauty of its potential. The delicacy of its material is a reminder of its fragility, as a witness of strong weather coming through the walls, lack of electricity or running water. But then...it expands to celebrate its colorful presence, the structure covers and/or becomes the place.