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Overflow is one of the metrolines and central themes in the exhibition Citámbulos - Drifting Through the Mexican Megalopolis. The theme explores Mexico City from the wiev of overflow in several meanings.

Three times in history the Mexican basin has born witness to the existence of a great city.Overflow is one of the themes in the exhibition Citámbulos - Drifting Through the Mexican Megalopolis. Københavns Museum. Foto: Livia Corona

Around 500 AD Teotihuacán brought together ver 200 000 inhabitants. In 1521 Tenochititlan, the Aztecs’ city on the lake, formed an urbanagglomeration of almost one million inhabitants. Now modern Mexico City, build directly upon the ruins of its predecessor and spread over five dried-up lakes, has grown to a megalopolis of more than twenty million inhabitants.

Lakes and canals

Overflow is one of the metrolines and central themes in the exhibition Citámbulos - a journey to the Mexican Megalopolis. The theme explores Mexico City from the wiev of overflow in several meanings. In previous times the city was covered with lakes and canals, today there is an overflow of people, houses, and streets. And furthermore the city is in constant danger of nature catastrofes as earthquakes and floods.

Vulnerable but resistent

All this combined with the deep socioeconomic inequalities fragmentingthe population, has created an apocalyptic image of the city in the imagination of both inhabitants and the rest of the world. Nevertheless, Mexico City, while vulnerable and chaotic is also resistent and dynamic. It is a city of contrasts in constant evolution.

The exhibition is shown at the Museum of Copenhagen from the 27th of May to the 14th of August 2011

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