The photographer Vendalval Sauvage wants to go to Antartica. This is her idea.
The truth is, what attracts me the most is the absence of life and lack of it in certain places in the world. Deserts made of ice, where nothingness exists, and then the immersion in extreme, unknown, silent places that take care of us without us even knowing. (I believe that this is something close connected to faith and devotion … perhaps a pilgrimage.) Patient, latent and fierce. Let me start by saying I don’t want to personify the Antarctica I want to visit.
What fascinates me is the symbiosis with the landscape. In April and May this year, I presented a collection of images at Mite a gallery here in Buenos Aires. When I started the collection, I didn’t even have a concept of whether I was speaking about the North or South pole. All the photos were of the tourists and a brief record of the people who were living there.
Navigating through Google earth, it brought back visions of my youth. In my mind I had returned to 1990 and was remembering a book I was given when I was 10 entitled “A hundred things children can do to care for the planet” or something like that. It got me thinking of Ecology and the New Age, the pulse of the earth, gestures in life and the behavior of the world.
Mixtapes. Capitalize on the communication satellite.
Blogging every day can be a bit strange; can be a bit strange like ice.
And then, since then, every night (although not at night) I’ll send a complete recording of all the experiences I’d had. With images, I’m drawn to Malevich vs. Lichstenstein vs. Nasa, White on white, The possibility of abstraction and detachment. (When I see glaciers descend from heights, the weight and impact is something profound) This would be the moment of primal scream, yet I don’t even know if I would be allowed to shout there.
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Some random facts about Antarctica
The Antarctic was discovered in 1770. It is the driest continent on Earth, but 98% of its surface is covered by snow and ice. Because of its ice cover, is the continent with the highest average elevation: 2,300 meters above sea level.
Scientists believe there is lots of ice in Antarctica that has remained frozen for the past 13 million years.
Antarctica contains 70% of the world's fresh water.
The maximum population in Antarctica during the summer is close to 4,000 people, which is then reduced to only 1,000 during the winter. None of the people are permanent residents.
Between 2005 and 2006, over 29,000 tourists visited Antarctica.