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Dinh Q. Lê - The Colony

from October 14 2017 until January 14 2018

Pescadora Island, still from The Colony, by Dinh Q Lê, 2016. Commissioned by Artangel, Ikon, Han Nefkens H+F Collection and Proyecto Amil, Lima.

For The Colony, Lê has filmed the islands of Peru from a number of different perspectives, from a boat circling the land and video drones giving a bird’s eye view.

In this video we see labourers involved in the backbreaking work, transporting and loading the guano onto boats. The arid and unforgiving landscape and the drones’ unmanned explorations of empty and abandoned buildings, with their traces of existence from past inhabitants, leave viewers in no doubt of the human suffering and isolation that haunt the island landscapes.

The Colony is commissioned by Ikon, Artangel, Han Nefkens Foundation and Proyecto Amil, Lima.