Carlos Motta, Artist

LAND M(Y)NE (2003)

Photographs taken in La Isla del Fuego, Chile


11 x 14″ & 30 x 40″, Digital C-Prints

Land M(y)ne was shot in 2002 in La Isla del Fuego, south of Chile. The photographs present dead animal bodies and pieces of clothing abandoned in the land. In the years following the 1973 coup d’etat, large portions of these fields were mined, making them dangerous and uninhabitable. Though these photographs don’t specifically document the effect and aftermath of the mining, they attempt to metaphorically emphasize the need for a restitution of consciousness about the effects of political power-driven actions. Land M(y)ne, is a personal essay/reflection on the ongoing “ideology of terror” imposed on civilians by threats of violence, in Chile, and the rest of the world.