Caracas, ciudad de secuelas: Prácticas de cuidado después de la emigración y el colapso

Translated title of the contribution: Caracas, City of Aftermath: Caretaking Practices After Emigration and Collapse

Stefan Gzyl*

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This article examines the caretaking practices of vacant domestic spaces amid a migratory crisis and generalized collapse. Caracas is conceptualized as a ‘city of aftermath’, where the material residues of modernity are reconfigured in response to the logic of crisis and the needs of migrants, re-signifying spaces and extending their life beyond the conditions of their production. The text is centered on the figure of the caretaker. Based on interviews, site visits, and photography, the article examines the daily routines of Carlos, who looks after more than twenty apartments in Caracas. His work is entwined with migrants’ trajectories and local needs, generating new economies and support networks around the maintenance and adaptation of vacant spaces. In this way, caretaking practices offer clues for a reading of the city that transcends progress/decline oppositions and their respective imaginaries: the new and the ruin.

Translated title of the contributionCaracas, City of Aftermath: Caretaking Practices After Emigration and Collapse
Original languageSpanish
Article number3
Number of pages16
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • crisis
  • maintenance
  • mantenimiento
  • middle class
  • repair clase media
  • reparación
  • ruin
  • ruina


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