Evo Morales, Bolivia, La Paz, Americas

Evo Morales, Bolivia

Statues toppled as new Bolivian government works to erase 'personality cult' of Morales

Legacy of former president under assault, drawing ire of his indigenous supporters

22.1.2020

Statues toppled as new Bolivia n government works to erase 'personality cult' of Morales

Legacy of former president under assault, drawing ire of his indigenous supporters

Striking Bolivian buildings take traditional design to the future 1/25 The future of the world's highest city, Bolivia’s El Alto, is being designed in the style of a traditional cloth. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 2/25 Colourful mansions known as ‘cholets’ are popping up all over El Alto, which neighbours the capital city of La Paz. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 3/25 Their striking facades and interiors are inspired by the patterns of Aguayo; a carrying-cloth used by the Aymara, the local indigenous people. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS The man behind the mansions is self-taught architect Freddy Mamani. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 5/25 Aymaran himself, Mamani’s style has been described the style as “New Andean” after the mountain range on which El Alto is situated. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 6/25 The structure of his buildings follows a formula: the ground floor is commercial space, the first floor a party suite, then a couple of floors of apartment space crowned by a rooftop house for the building’s owner. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 7/25 Mamani’s distinct style has earned him global attention, he recently designed a typically vibrant ballroom for an exhibition at the Foundation Cartier contemporary art museum in Paris. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 8/25 Yuri Segalerba, who spent time in El Alto studying and photographing the cholets, reckons that they are symbols of Bolivia’s economic growth and “a renewed sense of indigenous pride”. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS Close-up view of a cholet in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS The interior hall of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS The interior roof of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 1/25 The future of the world's highest city, Bolivia’s El Alto, is being designed in the style of a traditional cloth. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 2/25 Colourful mansions known as ‘cholets’ are popping up all over El Alto, which neighbours the capital city of La Paz. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 3/25 Their striking facades and interiors are inspired by the patterns of Aguayo; a carrying-cloth used by the Aymara, the local indigenous people. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS The man behind the mansions is self-taught architect Freddy Mamani. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 5/25 Aymaran himself, Mamani’s style has been described the style as “New Andean” after the mountain range on which El Alto is situated. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 6/25 The structure of his buildings follows a formula: the ground floor is commercial space, the first floor a party suite, then a couple of floors of apartment space crowned by a rooftop house for the building’s owner. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 7/25 Mamani’s distinct style has earned him global attention, he recently designed a typically vibrant ballroom for an exhibition at the Foundation Cartier contemporary art museum in Paris. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS 8/25 Yuri Segalerba, who spent time in El Alto studying and photographing the cholets, reckons that they are symbols of Bolivia’s economic growth and “a renewed sense of indigenous pride”. Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS Close-up view of a cholet in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS One of the cholets in El Alto, Bolivia Yuri Segalerba/SWNS The interior hall of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS The interior roof of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS A close-up view of a cholet Yuri Segalerba/SWNS But while the toppling of the statues of former leaders has often been greeted by broad social consensus in other countries, it is facing Read more: The Independent

Morales is big about indigenous people so I guess the coup government will have to do some ethnic cleansing to break up that personality cult. Looks like Trump!

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