Creative Spaces: Urban Culture and Marginality in Latin America


Niall H.D. Geraghty; Adriana Laura Massidda; Lucy O'Sullivan; Cristian Silva; Paul Merchant; Orlando Deavila Pertuz; Lucy McMahon; Anabella Roitman; Simone Kalkman; Geoffrey Kantaris


migration;, marginality, liminality, urban


Creative Spaces: Urban Culture and Marginality is an interdisciplinary exploration of the different ways in which marginal urban spaces have become privileged locations for creativity in Latin America. The essays within the collection reassess dominant theoretical notions of ‘marginality’ in the region and argue that, in contemporary society, it invariably allows for (if not leads to) the production of the new.

While Latin American cities have, since their foundation, always included marginal spaces (due, for example, to the segregation of indigenous groups), the massive expansion of informal housing constructed on occupied land in the second half of the twentieth century have brought them into the collective imaginary like never before. Originally viewed as spaces of deprivation, violence, and dangerous alterity, the urban margins were later romanticized as spaces of opportunity and popular empowerment. Instead, this volume analyses the production of new art forms, political organizations and subjectivities emerging from the urban margins in Latin America, neither condemning nor idealizing the effects they produce.

To account for the complex nature of contemporary urban marginality, the volume draws on research from a wide spectrum of disciplines, ranging from cultural and urban studies to architecture and sociology. Thus the collection analyzes how these different conceptions of marginal spaces work together and contribute to the imagined and material reality of the wider city.


  • Introduction
    Niall H.D. Geraghty, Adriana Laura Massidda
  • 1. The politics of the in-between: the negotiation of urban space in Juan Rulfo’s photographs of Mexico City
    Lucy O'Sullivan
  • 2. The interstitial spaces of urban sprawl: unpacking the marginal suburban geography of Santiago de Chile
    Cristian Silva
  • 3. Cynicism and the denial of marginality in contemporary Chile: Mitómana (José Luis Sepúlveda and Carolina Adriazola, 2009)
    Paul Merchant
  • 4. Community action, the informal city and popular politics in Cartagena (Colombia) during the National Front,1958–1974
    Orlando Deavila Pertuz
  • 5. On ‘real revolution’ and ‘killing the lion’: challenges for creative marginality in Brazilian labour struggles
    Lucy McMahon
  • 6. Urban policies, innovation and inclusion: Comuna 8 of the city of Buenos Aires
    Anabella Roitman
  • 7. Exhibitions in a ‘divided’ city: socio-spatial inequality and the display of contemporary art in Rio de Janeiro
    Simone Kalkman
  • 8. The spatiality of desire in MartKín Oesterheld’s La multitud (2012) and Luis Ortega’s Dromómanos (2012)
    Niall H.D. Geraghty, Adriana Laura Massidda
  • 9. Afterword. Creative spaces: uninhabiting the urban
    Geoffrey Kantaris


Download data is not yet available.


August 21, 2019

Details about the available publication format: Free Open Access PDF

Free Open Access PDF

ISBN-13 (15)


Date of first publication (11)

Hijri Calendar



Details about the available publication format: Paperback edition

Paperback edition

ISBN-13 (15)


Date of first publication (11)

Hijri Calendar

Physical Dimensions