Uros and Taquile

This is a work that portrays parts of a historical crime whose consequences endure on Latin American soil from the period of circumnavigations to the present day. It is about the appropriation and regulation of lands and cultures through the colonial structure that never abandoned its instruments of oppression and violence. Since the main objective is to generate profit in the hands of a few, the exploitation of land use and the control of seed produces social and economic consequences, such as precarious and industrialized food for those that the colonial and capitalist structure treated them for expelling and abandoning.

The life expectancy of the Uros people who live on floating straw islands in Lake Titicaca, does not reach 35 years old due to the respiratory diseases common to this way of life of sleeping under damp straw. The daily food of the peoples of Latin America, as in the island Taquile, has become the industrialized food based on soy, wheat and sugar like any other poor community in large cities. In other words, they were criminally removed from access to land and from cultivating the plurality of vegetables and seeds, from respect for the fauna and flora of the surrounding biomes, which establishes the formation and food tradition of these peoples.

Uros, 2020, digital image 200dpi, 175 x 120 cm.
Taquile, 2020, digital image 200dpi, 175 x 120 cm.