In 2011, I returned to Peru after a decade of self-exile. My first desire was to see the Pacific Ocean from the Costa Verde cliff, an impressive geological monument, natural ecosystem and public space that borders various districts in the city of Lima. To my surprise, I discovered that in the Barranco district a section was severed by razor wire. At first glance it resembled a parapet, with characteristic vine plants with lilac flowers that had died around it. An exclusive building “with ocean view” would be built there.
The razor wire, different from barbed wire, was designed exclusively for human populations: to distance or contain them on borders, concentration camps, prisons and wars. Its growing presence in the Latin American landscape is recent. It’s employed for its deterrent effect, not only for the protection of property, but also to create social exclusion zones. Such is the case of various “marginal neighborhoods” in Lima that have been isolated from adjacent “exclusive neighborhoods”.
“Razor Wire” is a series of photographs that relates the transformation of the razor wire into corn sculptures, as a reference to the Inca gold sculptures that are exact replicas of corn and basketry from the Mi'kmaq nation in Maine. For this series I had the collaboration of the photographers Francois Canard and José Carlos Orrillo. NEXT>>>