Land is a photographic project that shows maps of oil fields and their waste, revealing the historical evolution of the landscape, the political division of territory, and the foundation of our geopolitical identity.
The images that make up this project were put together with maps taken from Google Earth, which were printed in large scale and high definition. These satellite maps reveal the topography of Argentine oil fields.
I am interested in seeing how utopias of modernity are converted into dystopian outcomes. These maps seem to confront us with this alternative: social and economic distortion; environmental disaster; misplaced territorial boundaries; and the uncertain future of our continent.
Argentine artist Marcela Magno completed her degree in pedagogy at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain, in 1993. She is currently working as a photographer and freelance graphic designer. Her photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Brazil, the United States, and Italy.
In 2007, her photographic work was given the first prize award by the Government of the Province of Santa Cruz for the heritage of Santa Cruz Province. In Buenos Aires, she received first prize in visual arts at the Expotrastiendas 2008, an art fair organized by the Argentina Association of Art Galleries (AWMA). In 2014, she received special mention for her series Land, which was exhibited in the Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales, Buenos Aires. Also in 2014, her work was selected as one of three top-rated portfolios by an international jury of curators at the Encuentros Abiertos – Festival of Light in Buenos Aires.