LA COSTA VERDE (2010-2014)

Lima is a city overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It has a privileged location on the top of a series of cliffs. There the inhabitants build their own destinies, beholding the horizon against an open sea background.

Prone to population overflow, Lima is a city that grows outwards. Even though the only really established boundary was the limit to the sea, nowadays this line moves.

After some decades in abandonment (and serving as an illegal dumpster), a sizeable part of Lima bay (known as costa verde) is now revitalized. It is with the arrival of this new time of modernization that the Peruvian State tries to guarantee the development of the costa verde, inevitably taking it to the next step. It is at that moment that an endless fleet of trucks meet in this territory to shed thousands of tons of rubble from useless houses to the sea. In this way, at the foot of the cliff, the circle of an old modernization era comes to an end. The city grows whilst its physical boundaries are extended with its own remnants.

My project involving the costa verde was carried out from 2010 to 2014. From the very beginning, the project is based on the idea about making an artistic documentation of the change in the coastline, supported on the interest to reflect on the ellipse et laps of a transforming territory and the consumption of the landscape during the process of change.

If, as a photographic work, the Costa Verde is described as an attempt to cover the transformation of the territory, it is, by extension, for researching the inherent contradiction to certain processes linked to the Modernity. It is here where we can find, for instance, the paradox of building upon ruins.

The vagueness of the territory reflects the ambiguous and contradictory nature related to the process. Understanding it in this manner, the figure of ‘work site’ was taken as an evocation of everything that is interrupted or in an intermediate state. The landscape is seen in suspension, like in a latent state: in the middle of all its possibilities.

In that same perspective, the Costa Verde recounts the human action on the landscape and the role that the human being plays in the transformation of the territory. It is here where the force of the element can be observed, frequently, overlapped with the very human Faustian desire of development.

Appealing to a form of ambiguity, and creating a dynamic moving between documentary vision and lyrical abstraction, the restitution of reality revolves around an intermediate state.

These images are revealed as a sort of tension between two forces, and that is how they exist: to reflect on the limit, the intermediate space, the swinging of the sea, and the dust wave coming from the city.

The Costa Verde series presents 73 images, from an archive made out of 464 images in 4×5 color negative film.

Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper,
from 4 x 5 inch color negative film.
104 x 130 cm. (40.9 x 51.2 inches)