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El Helicoide: The architectural wonder that now sums up Venezuela's spiral into despair

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Feb 10, 2019 10:48 AM 2+ mon ago

El Helicoide: The futuristic wonder that now sums up Venezuelas spiral into despair

The Helicoide sits in front of the San Agustin neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela.

Editor's note: Celeste Olalquiaga is a cultural historian with a PhD from Columbia University and the author of "Megalopolis" (1992) and "The Artificial Kingdom" (1998). In 2013, she founded Proyecto Helicoide to draw attention to the modern ruin of El Helicoide, in Caracas, Venezuela, a project that has produced exhibitions and fueled "Downward Spiral: El Helicoide's Descent from Mall to Prison" (2018). The views expressed in this article are her own.

The huge futuristic spiral known as El Helicoide has a reputation as the country's worst torture center.

It has become a "dark site" where different Venezuelan police forces have their headquarters, in particular the intelligence agency Sebin and the PNB (national police). Several inmates have alleged abuses at the prison, which CNN has reported.

The immediacy and horror of this ...

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