2014 - Ongoing
The Antofagasta city located at the north of Chile, is called “New Dubai” for their fluent mining industry.
The project submerge us in a harrowing human story of immigration, in a global context that predicts more harassment, control and surveillance, while in our southern region, walls of discrimination prevail.
According to official figures the Colombian population in Antofagasta has doubled over the last two years, averaging on 5% of the population of this northern city, principally of the black raze how are from the south of Colombia, an area with serious problems of violence and poverty like cause of the drugs traffic.
The reasons for migrating are diverse: violence, the economy, the Chilean dream with its false expectations on the “jaguar” (pacific tiger) economy, which seems more a campaign to safeguard a fierce neoliberal system than a real chance for projection.
When they immigrate, found a city with a Hight cost in life, low paid jobs and discrimination problems. The population of Antofagasta, ask for the expulsion of the “Colombian Invasion”, because of some criminal events showed in a bad way for the yellow press. The immigrants point the existence of a quiet environment, been this the principal reason to staying in the city. The main part of the population lives in squatter settlements, been these a great way to save money and send back to their countries.
The beach and the sun are reasons too, but nobody comments that there are barren hills and a fallow landscape in between the Facebook paradise and the country image; a territory mutating on a daily basis with the richness of colors, music, physical plasticity, food, language and culture of those uplifting our lives. That makes us evidence how Latin American we are, something that we tried to omit for decades. Those seeking new horizons allow us to again speak of belonging and homeland.
We are at a relevant moment of our Latin development, in which we have to think of the historical, symbolic and political construction of our independences, the staging of miscegenation, both from the violence with which we edify ourselves and the beliefs that were imposed on us, in order to be able to look through our own world views.