from the LOST RIVERS series
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river # 1
120 x 100 x 3 cm
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In the 70s and 80s the New Topographers portrayed and centered their work on American industrial and suburban sites; the man altered landscape. It is now, 30 years later that the inevitable action-reaction to those human acts they pictured would start showing up somewhere. Lost Rivers is a representation of natures non-beneficiaries of our actual urban well-being. In the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León, some rivers and streams have dried out or in the process of drying, after Monterrey’s metropolitan area (4.000.000 habitants 2005) erupted its urban growth and its demand for water in the late 70s. Since then, the metropolitan area has spread to 9 colliding cities and with president Calderon’s habitation plan running, it has the construction business doing up to 30,000 new homes per year, causing a constant stress in Nuevo Leon’s water sources. Relying less on irony and more on a quasi-romantic representation of decay, Lost Rivers is a social comment on contemporary Mexican unplanned urban development and its unintented consequences.