Laberinto

Alejandro Chaskielberg

2015 - 2017

Argentina

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.

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  • A night photograph of a tipi tent hidden in the woodlands of Epuyén, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina

  • Photo of my daughter Lara of 2 years old sleeping in the woodlands of El Hoyo, Patagonia Argentina

  • Sculptor Eduardo Iuso in his working studio at Lake Epuyen, while he is finishing an sculpture of Mr. Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina

  • Thousands of pine-trees growing in the burned forests of Puerto Patriada, a region that was devastated a year before this image, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina

  • A flock of sheep on a dead-end path of the labyrinth of El Hoyo, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina

  • A group of eight people walking with flashlights inside the Laberinto Patagonia maze, El Hoyo, Chubut

  • Portrait of Cecilia Briano, a local chutney producer, photographed in the labyrinth of El Hoyo, Patagonia Argentina

  • Moreno Firpo inside a pine-tree plantation in El Hoyo, Patagonia Argentina

  • An aerial view of the Blanco River, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina

  • The road to Mount Piltriquitron painted with blue light during a night long time exposure.

  • Three locals from the El Hoyo town sleeping in the burned forests of Puerto Patriada, Chubut.

  • An aerial view of the labyrinth of El Hoyo, a maze that was grown secretly by a family over the course of 20 years, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina

  • Claudio Levi and Doris Romera, the couple that created the labyrinth, photographed with their relatives and friends, El Hoyo, Patagonia Argentina

  • An ice sculpture made by a local beer producer in the backyard of his house in El Bolson, Patagonia Argentina.

  • Portrait of Jetro, an astrologer from the town of El Bolson. He lives in this small hut next to the Blanco River, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina

  • A path of the El Hoyo town illuminated with fire

  • Maria Ines Imperiale, a local honey producer, photographed in the Corbata Waterfall of the El Hoyo town, Chubut, Patagonia Argentin


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