returned to Peru after a decade of exile. My first desire was to see
the Pacific Ocean from the Costa Verde [Green Coast] cliff, an impressive
geological monument, natural ecosystem and public space that bordered various
districts in the city of Lima.
To my surprise,
I discovered that in the Barranco district (whose name alludes to the
precipice) 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, part
of the “construction boom”, and consequently the loss of public spaces, that is
currently occurring in Lima.
different from barbed wire, was designed exclusively for human populations: to
distance or contain them on borders (Mexico-USA), concentration camps and
prisons (Palestine), wars and check points (Iraq). 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”.
a series of photographs, sculptures and an architectural intervention that
relates the transformation of the razor wire into stainless steel corn using
only a hammer, anvil, and pliers. Each corn seed is a razor. The registration
of this action, which includes views of the referred area in Costa Verde at the
time, alludes to a performance. The final pieces were photographed in a
Pre-Columbian reliquary fashion as a reference to the gold Peruvian
Pre-Columbian sculptures that are exact replicas of corn.