“PUNA” is part of a decade long project on the effects of climate change – which Jasmine Rossi has been working on parallel to her oeuvre “ICE/H20”about the melting polar regions.
Most of her work evolves around water (H20) - the element that sustains life - or in the case of PUNA the lack of it: deserts, gigantic salt flats, toxicmineral deposits, even her shocking images of desiccated animals, are all but aconsequence of the same process. Where there is no water there can be no life.
This desert plateau amidst the Andean range between Argentina, Chile and Bolivia has an average height of 4000 metres (13000 feet) above seal level, so high that the word Puna is also synonymous in this region for altitude sickness. The Spanish conquistadores called it “el despoblado” - the uninhabited place.
Yet the volcanoes of the Puna harbor some of the most important Inca sanctuaries in the world such as the Llullaillaco volcano where thanks to one of the driest climates on earth three perfectly mummified children were found by a National Geographic expedition in 1999.
The PUNA symbolises a world devoid of water and devoid of life.