Naturaleza Viva

Lincoyan Paradac.1988 - c.1988

Art Museum of the Americas

Art Museum of the Americas


  • Title: Naturaleza Viva
  • Date: c.1988 - c.1988
  • Physical Dimensions: w10.75 x h10.75 in
  • Photographer: Lincoyan Parada
  • Description: Lincoyán Parada uses photography to document marginalized communities in South America. His photoessays have helped draw attention to the impoverished and unfortunate of rural Chile and abroad. Naturaleza Viva belongs to the series Los Compadres del Carbón, which examines life among the miners of Lota and nearby Coronel. Both Lota and Coronel had been important centers for coal mining during much of the twentieth century, but by the end of the 1980s, the mines were exhausted and the Chilean government began to close the operations, creating widespread poverty in the area. Unemployment led to numerous social ills, and Naturaleza Viva depicts four men, whose livelihoods presumably depended on coal in some fashion, sharing a bottle in the middle of the day. Parada’s title implies that inebriation has become part of everyday life for these men. -Text by Mark Andrew White
  • Type: Photograph
  • Medium: photograph


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