Three-channel HD video installation, 2:39, color, three-channels mono sound, 90 min. sync in a loop, Peru/Portugal/Switzerland/France

Commission: Biennial of Moving Images – BIM 2016
Production: Lamaland, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève
Support: FMAC – Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève, Fonds d’Art Contemporain du Canton de Genève – FCAC, FAENA ART, In Between Art Film, HEAD.
Video Installation Edition: FMAC – Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève – collection, Switzerland
Video Installation Edition:  FCAC – Geneva Contemporary Art Collection – collection, Switzerland
Video Installation Edition: CNAP – Centre National de Arts Plastiques – collection, France

Produced with materials collected during the production of Eldorado XXI
Development support: DocStation 2014 Berlinale, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Yaddo, Bogliasco Foundation, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Critical Media Practice – Workshop (WIP), Harvard University
Support: ICA – Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, CNC – Centre National du Cinéma, EURIMAGES – Counsil of Europe

There is no need to design or stage an apocalyptic landscape, for the earth we inhabit is already in crisis and the apocalypse is now. Attempting to redefine ethnographic film tradition, The Burial of the Dead is a video installation set in the Peruvian town of La Rinconada at an altitude of 5,500 meters on the edge of a gold mine; it captures a dystopian world that scarcely seems possible in the 21st century – indeed a dantesque escherscape of haunting beauty.

It was developed under the frame of a commission by Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement (BIM), and first exhibited at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneve (9 November 2016 - 29 January 2017).

Biennial of Moving Images
Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève

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