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.The Puna is one of the few places in the world that man has not been able to modify, but instead has modified man. This desert plateau amidst th… Read More
.The Puna is one of the few places in the world that man has not been able to modify, but instead has modified man. This desert plateau amidst the Andean range between Argentina, Chile and Bolivia has an average height of 4000 meters (13000 feet) above seal level, and 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 three perfectly mummified children were found by a National Geographic expedition in 1999. During the mid 19th century “caravans of death” carried supplies from Argentina to the Chilean saltpeter mines in the Atacama Desert known as the most arid place on earth. The cold, the lack of water, and food, made this a grueling journey for man and beast alike, and the desert is littered with the remains of those animals that didn’t make it. Read Less
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“PUNA” is part of a decade long project on the effects of climate change – which Jasmine Rossi has been working on parallel to her series “Metamorphosis” - about the melting polar regions.
 
Most of her work evolves around water  - the element that sustains life - or in the case of PUNA the lack of it:  deserts, gigantic salt flats, toxic mineral deposits, even her shocking images of desiccated animals, are all but a consequence of the same process. Where there is no water there can be no life. 
 
The PUNA is a 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. It is adjacent to the Atacama Desert, said to be the driest place on earth. The Spanish conquistadores called it “el despoblado”  - the uninhabited place. 
 
The PUNA series shows a world devoid of life, as in primeval times on earth.
Inner Spectrum
Andean Shrine II
Arizaro
Island of Hope
Andean Sphynx
Little Elixir 
Andean Tincture
Incognito 
Exhibition View, Pabellon de las Bellas Artes, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires