Felipe Lavin born in 1987, Santiago, is a Chilean photographer and civil engineer. This exhibition weaves together three series of work: Ausgang / Exit, 2018, Desvanecidos, 2020, and BUM (Barrio, Urbano, Marginal), 2023. Over the last six years, Lavin has been photographing public spaces in cities all over the world—Santiago, Lima, Mexico, Montreal, Miami, NYC, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, to name a few.
Fascinated by the rapid transformations brought on to the cities and their populations by globalization, technological innovation, and gentrifcation, these series are shaped by the concept of “place” and “non-place.”
A “place” in the anthropological sense and as articulated by Marc Augé, is defned as a human space that is held together not only in corporeality, but by collective memory and social bond. It follows that “non-places” are human spaces of transience, disconnection— those in-between “places” where collective memory and social bond become ruptured.
In conversation with each other, these three series explore on both a micro and macro level how globalization, technological innovation, and gentrifcation, are changing the urban landscape and modern psyche.