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Tropical Delusion
Digital photography, 2018
Metallic paper photo print
100x70cm

Tropical Delusion
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Tropical Delusion, 2018
 
Tropical Delusion is a digital photography series made over the biggest environmental disaster ever registered in Brazilian history. In November 2015 an iron ore tailings dam suffered a catastrophic failure in a Brazilian countryside area, leaking 60 million cubic meters of iron waste mud into nature. The mudflows vanished Bento Rodrigues community leaving 600 people homeless and destroyed 700 Km of rivers compromising the water supplies of thirty larger cities, before reaching the Atlantic Ocean 17 days later.
 
The work consists of seven digitally processed images portraying the ruins of the houses left after the disaster. The images present an intriguing color palette which provokes perception by confronting the senses of real and fictional. The over aestheticization of the images refers to the mediatization that followed the tragedy performed by the mass-media, often trying to obscure the controversial causes of it.
 
The work grounds on the structure of the ruin to question the concept of 'nature as something separated and disconnected from human society'.


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Tropical Delusion  
Digital photography, 2018

Metallic paper photo print
160x120cm
(Exhibition view 2018-19)