Badland Graft, 2011
A series of 8 large format photographs. 8"x 10" black and white negatives scanned and printed on archival pigment paper, 40"x 50" edition of 5.
This project documents some of the canals in Northern Brazil, specifically around the city of Parelhas. The canal itself acts as a spatial divide, a graft in the landscape that includes small irregulartities in the lie of the land. It is a system of channels and structures carved out of the earth, which simultaneously divides and unites communities.
Water is a contested resource and the implementation of a canal system a deeply political statement. Canals connect, interject and dissect the landscape. This canal, outside the city of Parelhas was constructed by hand; its function is complex, to arrest the potential flooding of a desert area, but it also a powerful cultural comment.
Walking as a means of critical reflection is ideal for this project, a form of peripatetic wayfaring that involved multiple points of reference, locating the body intimately in the landscape. Unlike many mapping projects, this was an in-depth inquiry into identity and subjectivity, including interviews, a personal journey inscribed with the experience of a space that is deeply politicized.