KATI ROOVER

Coexistence

 

 

Amazon rainforests are the Tropical Rainforest - more than any other in the global imaginary. And for much of modern history it has been emblematic of ”nature” in its rawest, most pristine, unadulterated state. Presenting opportunity to experience a paradise on earth. However, anthropologists and archaeologists have begun to paint a more complicated picture of Amazonian forests.

 

As a place it has many faces and layers of human and non-human history and changes. The region's forested landscapes have been shaped by human populations since hunter-gatherers first arrived in lowland South America. As I walked in the forest with my camera, I tried to capture it as a multi-dimensional presence with many layers of plants, soils, stories, sounds, smells, changes, knowledges and beings coexisting. It felt almost impossible to capture it’s essence.

 

Coexistence is a collection of subjective thoughts and moments in the forest, combined with scientific knowledge and dreams affected by Amazon forest in a form of essay film.

 

Full HD video installation 22:44 min, 2018