Virtual Exhibitions 2014, no. 3

The City's Currents: A History of Water in 20th-Century Bogotá

This exhibition explores the role of water in the struggle of Colombia's capital to become a modern city. For Bogotá, complying with the standards of sanitary reformers and the governing elite was a social, technological, and environmental control endeavor. The exhibition examines everyday and gendered experiences of water, such as washing clothes or bathing, as well as urban infrastructural interventions including the domestication of rivers for water supply and wastewater disposal systems.