Austin Foundation for Architecture - Las Piñatas ATX

Las Piñatas ATX

Nepantla: tierra entre medio | space in-between

October 2020-Spring 2021

For 2020, Las Piñatas ATX returns with an installation series themed Nepantla: tierra entre medio | space in-between. 

Nepantla is a nahuatl term that represents the concept of in-between or a reference to the space of the middle. Nepantla can also describe individuals or groups who are today in conflict with a larger, perhaps more globally reaching culture or ideology. Nepantla has also been identified as a tool for political change. Individuals who live within two different “worlds” or “cultures” can act as “fulcrum” to engage in political change.

Nepantla: tierra entre medio | space in-between will consist of large-scale, papel picado banners designed with community artists and installed at various sites and corridors highlighting East Austin’s LatinX and African-American communities. The series kicks off with the October 26-30 Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC, 600 River Street), where a custom large-scale, hand-cut papel picado banner will be installed in the ESB-MACC’s Gran Entrada. This event will be followed by the installation of four additional banners in East Austin in early spring 2021.

The large-scale installations can be experienced while social distancing—whether viewed by car, bus, bike, or from the sidewalk—and explored in-depth through interactive QR codes. Check back or sign up for our email list for updates!


This project is organized by the AIA Austin Latinos in Architecture committee in collaboration with the Austin Foundation for Architecture, and is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.




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