“The Ever Vanishing City” (2017) deals with an utopian yet poetical set of urban installations in which, by virtue of mirrors – and their power as illusion makers – certain streets and buildings are made to disappear.
As an architect, Despujols recognizes that gentrification has determined the growth of contemporary cities. Yet it has also displaced entire communities and created an important schism between social classes. On a more personal level, she is concerned about Miami as a city developed to please and serve a foreign population, becoming an unaffordable place for its inhabitants along the way.
The phenomenon of gentrification applies to many urban areas in Miami such as Wynwood or Little Haiti, in which gentrification has been aggressively removing years of cultural memory and history, and replacing the area with new developments. In this complex mirror-like parallelism, Despujols reflects upon the images that remain and about the content that has been replaced by the “new” with different poetic strategies, in which the multiple installations imply the “disappearance“ of the old, reverting the streets to the only thing that matters: humans. In these challenging large-scale installation projects Despujols wraps selected Miami landmark buildings and neighborhoods such as the Bacardi building and Wynwood Walls, with mirrors, thereby erasing them