Caliche Crystals

Triptych, c-print
45,5 x 45,5 cm each
Edition of 3 + 2 AP

Caliche Crystals is part of a long-term project called Caliche Winds, which explores the historical trade and windsailing maritime route of sodium nitrate (Chile saltpeter), or locally called “caliche”. Here, saltpeter crystals were grown over a period of a week in a saturated solution and then photographed using a Macro lens.

Caliche Crystals allows the perception of both an aerial seascape and landscape through microscopical imaging. By observing and documenting crystals growth, there is a sense of immediate re-enactment of a marine-fog precipitation that has accumulated in the Atacama Desert for over 20 million years, interrupted by the extraction of this ambivalent resource.


  • Exhibited at El Museo de Los Sures, New York, USA
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