Following the path of Charles Kroehle, a pioneering nineteenth-century photographer who supposedly disappeared in the Peruvian Amazon, Arguiñe Escandón and Yann Gross describe an unreal immersion into the dense jungle vegetation, structured by shamanic experiences, and develop a process of organic photography.
According to the sociologist Joel Vacheron, “Aya is also the story of an experiential initiation with the plants, signs, and spirits that permeate the Amazonian jungle. We are not the only ‘we’(Kohn) and this project can be viewed as an anthropological approach to thinking of the human based on the signs and the forces that go beyond it. By interweaving the narrative threads belonging to several temporalities, this account places on equal footing the symbiotic relationships that are woven between co-existing entities, living or dead. Escandón and Gross offer us ways to imagine what photography might look like beyond the human, assuming that humans are always the products of non-human contexts. Aya relates apparitions that, beyond human consciousness, pass through different bodies: human, plant or mystical.”
All the texts in the book were produced with photosensitive plants in the Amazon.
Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gross are a Spanish and Swiss duo.
Arguiñe Escandón’s works have mostly been linked to psychology. She tackles themes related to the human being and his relationship with personal and social environments. In her last projects she focused on process of vital re-adaptation, change and transformation.
Yann Gross was born 1981 in Vevey, Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor in Visual Communication (2005) and a Master in Photography (2007) from École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). The emerging photographer and video artist lives and works alternately in Switzerland and the Amazon rainforest. He questions how communities shape their identities, yield to escapism, and model their environments. Traveling extensively in East Africa and South America, Gross takes the time to immerse himself in local communities. His photography is there to critique representations of alleged original cultures and communities while reflecting on his pernicious position as a modern Western explorer.
Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gross
Régis Tosetti & Simon Palmieri
20cm x 15cm x 2cm
Edition of 1200