THE BURIAL OF THE DEADThree-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: Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève – FMAC, 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 (FCAC) – collection, Switzerland
Video Installation Edition: CNAP – Centre National de Arts Plastiques – collection, France
Biennial of Moving Images
Produced with materials collected during the production of the feature film Eldorado XXI (2016) directed by Salomé Lamas and produced by O Som e a Fúria, in coproduction with Shellac Sud.
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 5,200 meters on the edge of a gold mine; it captures a dystopian world that scarcely seems possible in the 21st century. Lamas has constructed a cinematic triptych to convey the extremity of this situation and the dimensions of its misery without having to resort to graphic images – indeed a dantesque escherscape of haunting beauty.