2015 - 2017
Twenty years ago, a counter-culture couple made a pact of love: together they decided to create a maze in complete secrecy in the mountains of the Argentinian Patagonia, on a land ravaged by wildfires.
I discovered the labyrinth by chance while on a camping trip, and I was mesmerized by it: The labyrinth seemed to transform everyone who meandered through it. Walking among the turnings and its intricate corridors, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus we connect with our ancestral memory. Everyone seems under a spell as they made their way through it.
I soon understood that this region itself was a labyrinth containing this smaller maze, and both with a strong power of transformation: with its magic, its mystery and its darkness. I had to reach beyond documentary photography and decided to create my own cinematic scenarios, inviting the local community to participate in different performances. I painted trees and paths with colors and fire, used torches, moved people around, had them sleeping on burned forests, and stretch out on the top of the hedges. In effect, I created several pieces of land art that I then documented.