The Story of All of Us
Latin America and Caribbean
In times of climatic emergency, evidence from the scientific community and the daily lives of different peoples of the world points to significant tensions in various systems essential to humanity - in particular the interrelationship between basic resources: energy, water and food. It is certain that climate change will put further pressure on these relations.
I chose to document the climate crisis from the perspective of history and geography. The identity of a people is not dissociated from culture, politics, historical process and place. We need to understand how geography is in the order of everyday life, so it is important to record images that are a repository of human memories. The human condition. How do we get water, energy and food in each place and how do these practices connect regionally and globally?
The significant tensions between these key systems will increase. The so-called "stress nexus" is under greater pressure with the climate crisis caused by human activities on Earth and which defines a period known as the Anthropocene, when the technical capacity for transforming nature gains proportions so profound that it contributes to the stress that images can already reveal. “It can be said that the entire surface of the Earth is compartmentalized, not only by the direct action of man, but also by the political presence. No fraction of the planet escapes its influence ”, Milton Santos, geographer, 2004.
"Stress Nexus - Latin America and the Caribbean Chapter" is a documentary and artistic exploration. A long-term project, which is underway - as well as the results and impacts of climate change - and which aims to research, witness and document an important issue in times of climate emergency: the relationship between human beings and geography, this is, climate, natural resources, borders, sources of energy, food, cultural identities, economy and space, in a time of complex transition that is also reflected in everyday life, especially of people who will suffer from climate change before they can adapt . Stories of rupture, loss of geographical and cultural reference, but also of the search for survival and resilience that refuses to abandon the land, the shelter territory of many, as Milton Santos also says. Of the people who inhabit and give meaning to landscapes and who also live a daily life that has already been shaken by the consequences of climate change. The temporal issue is highlighted, because it is a past of exploring nature in the name of profit, which is in the order of the present day and which points to possibilities for the future. How much time do we have to correct our destiny? If human experience builds time, as demonstrated by Eric Hobsbawm, then positive changes must already be visible today and learning from these people based on the symbiosis relationship they establish with nature is a path of reflection and action that photographs can contribute to giving visibility to these processes.
Since January 2018, I have traveled across the continent documenting this relationship. They are simple and, at the same time, dense images: a man harvesting wood, boys playing in a river in the Amazon, a vast desert, coal mining for energy generation, new sources of energy, farmers expanding production, the spatial flow of migrants, workers clearing forests in response to the global economic situation, rural migrants who dream of cities whose stories they are unaware of, etc. Experiences of all kinds, our history with our geography.
I hope that the result of this project will be used for anthropological, sociological, economic, geographical, historical, aesthetic and pedagogical purposes that can be seen on a map, as an atlas to be opened and explored. Mass production is expected. I hope to complete this project in March 2021.
Let's travel across our continent together! Here you can see some places that have already been visited by me. Feel free to get to know each place on our continent and learn about how we relate to geography to obtain water, energy and food and how the climate crisis will affect us.
The Stress Nexus project is supported by grants, donations and specific initiatives. To find out how you or your company can support, get in touch.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an award-winning, non-profit news organization that partners with journalists and newsrooms to support detailed reports on critical global issues to educate the public, promote solutions and improve lives.
Pulitzer Center / Rainforest Journalism Fund supported my expeditions in the Peruvian Amazon to cover the story about the Wampís autonomy process (see here) and in partnership with El País Brasil it gave me resources to cover the forest fires in the Amazon in 2019, a of the worst in history.
Industry for processing waste and by-products from the meat industry into raw materials for products destined for other production chains.
Logistical and strategic support
Fundación Imagen de Chile is the organization responsible for promoting the image of Chile worldwide, which it does through the national brand. It is a state entity created in 2009 by a government initiative.
The Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH) complies with the National Antarctic Policy, encouraging the development of scientific, technological and innovative research in Antarctic research, following international canons, effectively participating in the Antarctic Treaty System and international forums, strengthening Punta Arenas as a gateway entry to the white continent, carrying out actions and disseminating and evaluating Antarctic knowledge in the national community, and advising the authority on Antarctic matters.
Freelance photographer and journalist based in the South of Brazil. His work was featured in National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, El País, DIE Zeit, etc. He has received numerous awards for his environmental reporting. In 2016 and 2017 was in Iraq to cover the war against the Islamic State and the rebirth of the Yazidis women. In 2018 he visited Antarctica for the first time and has since the relationship of the society with its geography and its own history, in the identities, traditions and economic manifestations. Is documenting the contemporary societies of the world that will suffer from climate change before they can adapt. Rory Peck Trust Grantee. Pulitzer Center Grantee.