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and then we saw land, Chapter III. Southern Hemispheres


artist | Bianca Salvo

2013

Photography / Edition of 5

40 × 50 cm / 15.7 × 19.7 in

Giclée print.

Remapping the movements towards the uncharted, as well as the untraveled and the unfamiliar, the project 'and then we saw land' (2013) questions the experience of the archetypal journey as a quest for the remote origins. Inspired by ... Read more
Giclée print.

Remapping the movements towards the uncharted, as well as the untraveled and the unfamiliar, the project 'and then we saw land' (2013) questions the experience of the archetypal journey as a quest for the remote origins. Inspired by the book The Discoverers by writer Daniel J. Boorstin (1983), the project, which initially born as an attempt to question and prove the limits of human presence on Earth, finally converted itself into a deeper investigation of social and historical processes and imagery.

The artwork has been divided into four chapters: “The Americans”, “Native American types of women – Native American types of men”, “Southern Hemispheres” and “Scenes of ancient days”. It has been conceived as a multi-layered installation with the aim to explore, examine and revisit the theme of the ‘New World’. A selection of old documentary photographs and comparative studies from the collection of the American Museum Journal has been used along with personal family’s documentation and sources collected over a one year period whilst traveling through South America, in the attempt to propose a personal reflection concerning the Age of Discovery and the appropriation of the unknown land as a challenge for civilization. Read less
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