Natasha vonKaenel Humanities and Social Science
How Does Art Exhibition and Production Impact the Community Support for a Recovered Factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina?
In Argentina, during the economic meltdown of 2001, many factory owners fled the country, leaving hundreds of workers with no income and no clear idea of what lie ahead. In the months that followed, workers centered in Buenos Aires occupied their factory buildings and restarted production as a worker-owned cooperatively managed workplace. Some of these factories created Cultural Centers, hoping to make their factory a hub for the local community by providing health services, teaching classes, or holding art exhibitions or craft fairs. This research will focus on how an artistically oriented Cultural Center impacted community support for the IMPA factory, by comparing it with the UST factorys health oriented Cultural Center, and the Ghelco factory, which does not have a Cultural Center at all.