ongoing project (2005-)
16 mm, color/BW, silent. Duration of one ENVÍO: some seconds to several minutes.
Puchuncaví Is a film project, a collection of fragments that I started filming in 2014.
The fragments follow one another like heterogeneous and unrelated strata,
revealing a multiplicity perceived only on
wandering aimlessly through Puchuncaví and discovering a complex network of realities.
Puchuncaví, an area located at the Pacific coast northwest to Santiago de Chile,
was a native american site: The
southern terminal of the Inca road system. Puchuncaví originally derives from Mapudungún
and reads as something like 'where fiestas abound', refering to the tradition of the native fiestas.
The uncontrolled industrial development of the area that includes copper refineries, steam power plants
and a lading port has destroyed the conditions for life in dignity: It has become one of the sacrificed
areas in Chile where the inhabitants keep living in marginalized and unhealthy conditions.
STRATA OF NATURAL HISTORY
16mm, color and BW, silent, 11'45" 2012.
A cut into the strata of history.
In 1881 a group of Kawéskar natives from Tierra del Fuego were exhibited in human zoos across Europa,
organized by the merchant of wild animals Carl Hagenbeck from Hamburg and Rudolf Virchow from Berlin.
The tour's final exhibition took place in Zürich in 1882, where most of the Kawéskar already affected by disease
Archival images sometimes seem like faint echoes of history. This film is a personal journey on the
invisible yet persistent traces and layers that reverberate in a place like echoes. In the film, there are
echoes of Kawéskar natives from Tierra del Fuego, photographed in Berlin in 1881,
a Greater Rhea (flightless bird) from Tierra del Fuego at Berlin Zoological Garden, bathers in the
monument of Fuente Alemana (German fountain) in Santiago de Chile.
16mm, color and BW, silent, 20" 2011.
Filmed in East End, London.