Al Lado del Petróleo

Solange Adum Abdala


The province of Talara is the oldest and most prolific area for obtaining oil in Peru; in the last one hundred and fifty years more than six oil centers have been found. Of all the districts in the area, the small town of Órganos alone has hosted four formal oil companies.

The photographic series, Next to Oil, consists of two parts. The first, Side A, shows the spaces abandoned by the different oil companies. Sheds, houses and offices, the distant registry of the abúlico space seeks to create an analogy of the predatory behavior that man has in relation to the environment. The spaces photographed on Side A seek to be a reflection of current behavior in which we use and we discarded. The second, Side B, is the direct consequence on the inhabitants of Organos. Due to the invasion and lack of use of these desert structures, the settlers, mostly dedicated to fishing, find themselves confined within their own homeland. Having to adapt their homes and workplaces to spaces that do not exceed 10 m2.

As a whole, the photographic proposal seeks to confront our destructive behavior on the ground, which marks a mark on the landscape.

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