colorful desert clouds by lola guerrera colorful desert clouds by lola guerrera
apr 12, 2012

colorful desert clouds by lola guerrera

‘nebula humilis’ by lola guerrera, 2012 all images courtesy the artist

spanish photographer lola guerrera has journeyed to the desert of mexico in order to create her series ‘nebula humilis’. the artist notes that the excessive exploitation of natural resources in this particular region results from a world-wide encouraged materialism. this new interaction with the desert has recently overridden the mexican people’s spiritual conception of this once-sacred space, bringing to the area a sense of imposed silence. guerrera’s photographic series attempts to give a voice to this vast landscape. 

each bright environmental intervention is formed from a smoke-signal-like object set aflame picturing mexican mine mouths in the frame as well. the colorful, hovering shapes refer to the cloudiness occurring from volcanic eruption, reminding the viewer of both the volatile and delicate relationship between human beings and the earth as well as our action resulting in the desolation of their surroundings. the photographer experiments with color, texture and volume in her photographic series as each plume of smoke curls and spreads over sand and stone formations.

the blue burst of smoke is framed neatly by light rock formations on either side

a yellow cloud spreads and curls over a stone-shard covered ravine

a graffitied rock formation’s volcano-like form is further enhanced by red, billowing smoke seeming to spill out from inside a stone outcropping

purple smoke rises to from the rocky earth


‘mexico humilis (making off)’ by lola guerrera
video in spanish
  • me recuerda Apocaplypse now!!!!!!!!!

    sisas says:
  • i’ve seen this before… either way, it remainds me a lot of a couple of tv comercials… nowadays originality if hard to find

    0_0 says:
  • yeah, the colorful smoke trend it around to stay– at least for a while (i mean, does anyone remember the post 2005 glitter/skulls/triangle/deer motif phase? oh wait. we are still living it…). i’m not sure if it makes this work any less original, though. the artist is bringing awareness to an issue in a way that is totally digestible. nicely done!

    lizzie says:
  • Filippo Minelli (Italy) has been doing this for a little while now:
    http://www.filippominelli.com/silenceshapes/

    Public Delivery says:
  • Pretty pictures, but does anyone realize how absolutly toxic those signal flares are? Not only do they use nasty chemicals to generate the different colors, but they are formulated to disperse small oil droplets with the smoke so that the smoke stays more cohesive and visible to rescuers in windy situations. (I can’t be entirely sure if it’s a lighting/reflection effect or the result of the orange smoke signal, but look at the color of the water of the pond early in the video and at the end.) Just say’n…

    holokaisailer says:
  • super toxic

    salsal says:
  • They look like the Green Giant farted from eating too much mexican food.

    Curator says:
  • originality is overated

    diego says:

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