Archive for January, 2012

Iquitos, again

January 9, 2012

On Wednesday I’m off to Iquitos, Peru, again. I spent a month there last year and now I’m going back. Not only is Iquitos inaccessible by road, the whole city seems to share a single dial-up internet connection. I can check email but that’s about it. So this blog will be a bit quiet for the next couple of months. Meanwhile, here are a few images from last year.

Dawn, Iquitos, Peru

Museo Amazonico, Iquitos, Peru

Discoteca in Iquitos, Peru

Path, near Iquitos, Peru

Alejandra Prieto – Jardín Satélite

January 7, 2012

On my way to Peru, I stopped in Santiago de Chile. I asked an acquaintence there if he could recommend any local artists, which is how I discovered Alejandra Prieto. The images below are stills from a short video showing houses in the upscale neighborhood of Jardín Satélite in Santiago.

Alejandra Prieto - Jardín Satélite

Alejandra Prieto - Jardín Satélite

Alejandra Prieto - Jardín Satélite

The punchline of the video is that these homes could be from any gated community in Chatsworth or Woodland Hills. I’m reminded a bit of Catherine Opie’s photographs of homes in Bel Air. Santiago already shares a climate and topography very similar to that of Southern California. Furthermore Chilean real estate developers, have worked hard to meticulously recreate the look and feel of wealthy North American suburbs here in the south.

Milena Bonilla – Transitory Map

January 3, 2012

The last post on Bruno Dubner reminded me of work I saw by Colombian artist Milena Bonilla. I first discovered her work about a year ago when, upon arriving in Bogotá, I googled “contemporary columbian photography” and found her name on a list of people exhibited at a show in England a few years ago.

Milena Bonilla - Transitory Map

I liked this work called Transitory Map and she describes it thus on her site:

The project consists in to take randomly several buses in Bogotá city and to sew the holes that appeared on the damaged seats. (seats are made of foam and synthetic leather or fabric). The size of the hole defines the time used to travel along the city sewing the damaged seat. After finishing the tour, the path taken is transferred to a map, using as a convention the same thread color as the one used to sew the seat. During the whole project twenty five tours were made from which there are sixteen documented.

I’m really taken with the simple beauty of the photos; their color scheme and soft lighting. The gesture, too, is symbolic of healing and alludes to the country’s violent past (and present).

Milena Bonilla - Transitory Map

Milena Bonilla - Transitory Map