El Guayabo (2014)

When thinking about the use of native plants for medicinal purposes due to the respective healing properties of each plant and which are also used in esoteric rituals, we tend to think of a direct contact with nature, with its intrinsic qualities, freshness, association with life, growth and above all direct contact with the earth.

The photographic series «Medicine» proposes to make a distance between these characteristics and reinterpret how nowadays in urban places, users who want to benefit from their respective properties, acquire them as a more bagged consumer product. The branches that were once part of a tree planted on the earth within a vast space of nature, are photographed dismembered from their original context, where it becomes evident how the plants lose their aura of life.

El Guayabo

El Guayabo is a town located south of Lima in the department of Ica. It is a place inhabited mainly by people of Afro-American descent, who, upon settling in Perú more than 5 centuries ago, established a deep cultural mark, a transcendental part of our condition as a multi-ethnic nation.

The Guayabin population does not exceed 500 inhabitants, which is mainly dedicated to cotton cultivation, acting as a supply network for the micro industry. This fertile area was one of the most affected by the 2007 earthquake, but unlike other towns, El Guayabo has not benefited from humanitarian aid channels, consequently, the place has suffered a drastic migration process.

The photographic proposal reveals an uninhabited landscape, mutilated in terms of its demography. But in turn, the project reveals a territory that, delimited by coexistence with its inhabitants, refuses to disappear, showing subtle, symbolic and energetic signs of life.