In the last years immigration of Peruvian citizens into Chile has grown very rapidly. Most of them are women who come to work in upper-middle class Chilean families as maids. They take care of foreign children or elderly, while their family stays back in their home country.
The project “Frontiers” represents this situation with 2 pictures, working as diptychs, for each family – Peruvian worker. The first picture shows the family with the Peruvian worker (there was no intervention of the photographer on people’s distribution). The second shows the Peruvian worker alone, who carries a portrait of a relative in Peru.
This hand portrait of the second picture represents the nexus between the two countries, separated by a dividing frontier, but constantly permeated by human affection. It also emulates the portraits of “disappeared” relatives, so common in Latin American dictatorships
By Raul Charlin —
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