Ghost Living in Caracas

College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, February 21-24, 2018.


This paper at the 2018 CAA Annual Conference will focus on an architectural case study specific to the era of neoliberal globalization: the Torre David, an unfinished, corporate skyscraper in Caracas that was occupied by the city's poor and temporarily transformed into informal housing. Adapting Arjun Appadurai's concept of spectral housing, the paper considers the photographic and filmic treatment of Torre David's "accidental brutalism" and its role in aestheticizing inequality in institutional contexts such as the Venice Biennale.