Elephants

Digital8 Video
02 min
2004

This video shows the routine journey of trucks in Chuquicamata, constantly emptying their loads and thereby producing a waste dump – or what is called locally as a “cake” of sterile material from the mining process. These “cakes” topographically replaced the houses of the mining town by covering them. The scale and the slow, repetitive action involved in this 24-hour process, leads the viewer to see the trucks as beings on a procession.

Conception, camera and editing: Michelle-Marie Letelier
Music: Anders Ilar

  • Exhibited at: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile; Flutgraben, Berlin, Germany
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