El reality y el agua
mixed media on newsprint
18 x 24 inches
This project was completed during the Epecuen Residency in May 2018. The small lakeside town of Epecuen (Argentina) flooded in 1985 and remained submerged for 25 years. The waters have now receded, exposing the ruins.
I documented my experience on sheets of newsprint, which I imagined as the site of a crash between a newspaper and a diary (both words translate to diario in Spanish). What are the formal and conceptual implications when citations and reflections, facts and headlines, secrets and blurry images collide?
In Argentina, the English word reality is used to refer to reality TV shows. What happens when truth makers produce alternate facts? Does it change the character of the relentlessly rising water which surrounds us?
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The future doesn't know how to swim
And now a part lives with the ghost
End of non-diagetic space
Still chewing, he said he'd been interested in the wooden siding of the stables. When he changed his camera's aperture he noticed something strange in the background. Once he got closer he realized it was a chicken caught between two slats of wood, bleeding.
I told him it was like what happened in one of Antonioni's movies, except that he was able to save his victim.
He laughed, and as we ate we talked about the same blood getting on different hands.