• (2019)

        “A picnic. Imagine: a forest, a country road, a meadow. A car pulls off the road into the meadow and unloads young men, bottles, picnic baskets, girls, transistor radios, cameras … A fire is lit, tents are pitched, music is played. And in the morning they leave. The animals, birds, and insects that were watching the whole night in horror crawl out of their shelters. And what do they see? An oil spill, a gasoline puddle, old spark plugs and oil filters strewn about … Scattered rags, burntout bulbs, someone has dropped a monkey wrench. The wheels have tracked mud from some godforsaken swamp … and, of course, there are the remains of the campfire, apple cores, candy wrappers, tins, bottles, someone’s handkerchief, someone’s penknife, old ragged newspapers, coins, wilted flowers from another meadow …”

        “I get it,” said Noonan. “A roadside picnic.”

    This famous conversation, taken from the novel Roadside picnic, by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, describes in an acid but accurate way, the interaction of the contemporary society with the natural environment.

    The photographs that make up this series have been taken along the Pan-American and R-40 roads on its way through Argentina and Chile. The common feature of much of this route is its low population density, which allows to clearly appreciate the different ways of appropriation of the territory, such as division and fencing, the construction of infrastructures and buildings or, more dramatically , the abandonment of obsolete facilities or discarded objects.

    Our actions in the landscape seems like the remains of the picnic described in the novel, where our need to transform the landscape, often irresponsibly, produces a serious environmental degradation that is more evident in places where the low population makes its signs more patent.

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