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A Backyard View
  A Backyard View, 1996
From his second floor perspective Marcelo, looks around the neighborhood, and watches his siblings play in the backyard. When his father Santos is not repairing electronic equipment (TVs, radios, tape players or amplifiers) in the room below, he works with a cousin to add another floor to the home he shares with his wife and three children.

This image provides a moment to understand how Santos and his family subsist in the city. They use their lot to grow potatoes and medicinal plants, manage a small herd of sheep, and store hundreds of adobe brick. Although Santos has lived in El Alto for 15 years, he continues to grow crops and raise animals because such practices protect his family from the precariousness of urban life.

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