Adolfo Mesías

Photographer/cinematographer
   
The silent and lonely death in the avocado valley
Location: Santiago de Chile
Nationality: CHILE
Biography: Coming soon...
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The silent and lonely death in the avocado valley
Copyright Adolfo Mesías 2023
Updated Apr 2022
Topics Black and White, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Community, Documentary, Latin America, Personal Projects, Photography, Portrait, Portraiture, Social Justice, Water
I have been told stories in which the Virgin has fallen into a dream saving a dying devotee. I wonder what will become of her now; what her grandchildren will be like and if they will have gone to the funeral of her once resurrected grandmother.
I imagine the birds flying over the animals that arose from thirst and their owners from suicide.
I feel the dry earth penetrating my eyes.
He listened to stories from the valley and saw the water run again between stones thirsty for justice.
She crossed inert bridges,
I have seen hope standing.

Petorca (Valparaiso region), is the epicenter and place of reference for the water crisis that Chile is surviving. Between the theft of water for the mainly agricultural industry (avocado crops) and the lack of rain, this small town wanders between life and death and not in all cases leaving is an option.

This is a small record of documentary photographic portraits made in 2014 in the context of the religious festival of Our Lady of Mercy of Petorca, a festival that expresses the community's gratitude to its Patron Saint, mainly for the good harvests and the presence of rains.
Me han contado historias en que la Virgen se ha dejado caer en sueños salvando a una moribunda devota. Me pregunto que será de ella ahora; cómo estarán sus nietos y si habrán ido al funeral de su otrora resucitada abuela.
Imagino las aves volar sobre los animales  que murieron de sed y sus dueños  de suicidio.
Siento la tierra seca penetrando en mis ojos.
He escuchado historias del valle y he visto el agua volver a correr entre piedras sedientas de justicia.
He cruzado puentes inertes,
He visto la esperanza en pie.

Petorca (región de Valparaiso), es el epicentro y lugar de referencia para la crisis hídrica a la que sobrevive Chile. Entre robos de agua para la industria principalmente agrícola (cultivos de paltas) y la escasez de lluvias este pequeño poblado deambula entre la vida y la muerte y no en todos los casos irse de ahí es una opción.

Este es un pequeño registro de retratos fotográficos documentales realizado en el año 2014 en el contexto de la fiesta religiosa de Nuestra Señora de la Merced de Petorca, festividad que expresa el agradecimiento que tiene la comunidad a su Patrona principalmente por las buenas cosechas y la presencia de lluvias.
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