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d e h s a w up a photo project by Alejandro Durán Washed Up is an ongoing project by Mexican-born, New York-based artist Alejandro Durán that addresses the issue of plastic pollution making its way across the ocean and onto the shores of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federallyprotected reserve. With more than twenty pre-Colombian archaeological sites, this UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to a vast array of flora and fauna and the world’s second largest coastal barrier reef. Unfortunately, Sian Ka’an is also a repository for the world’s trash, which is carried there by ocean currents from every corner of the globe.
9 Mixed plastic objects washed ashore, found in the surrounding erea of Sian Kaâ€™an beaches.
Mixed plastic objects washed ashore, found in the surrounding erea of the of southern Mexico's beaches.
Starting in February 2010 and over subsequent visits, Durรกn has used this international detritus to create his colorbased, site-specific sculptures. He conflates the hand of man and nature, distributing the objects the way the waves would, like wind-scattered seed or roots tunneling through soil, echoing the organic forms of the surrounding landscape. In order to photograph the sculptures, Durรกn uses a mix of natural and artificial light, further blurring the line between existing and constructed realities.
18 Mixed plastic objects washed ashore, found in the surrounding erea of the of southern Mexico's beaches.
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26 All of these products were found on the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo, MĂŠxico. Washed ashore from forty-two nations on six continents.
Over the course of this project, Durรกn has identified products washed ashore from forty-two nations on six continents. The resulting photo series depicts a new form of colonization by consumerism, where even undeveloped land is not safe from the farreaching impact of our disposable culture.
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31 Derrame, 2010
Although inspired by the works of Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson, Washed Up speaks to the environmental concerns of our time and the vast quantity of discarded materials found in our oceans. Beyond turning trash into treasure, the alchemy of Washed Up lies in the projectâ€™s potential to raise awareness and change our relationship to consumption and waste.
Alejandro Durรกn is a photographer, filmmaker and poet with roots planted in New York and Mexico. His fine art photographic work has focused on nature and portraiture, including a series from his extensive travel throughout Latin America. He is also an educator, currently at the International Center of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art. As the founding director of The Digital Project, an organization dedicated to improving education through the creative use of technology, he has directed videos for Columbia University and The Museum of Arts and Design.
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