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Three-channel HD video installation, 2:39, color, three-channels mono sound, 90 min. sync in a loop, Peru-Portugal-Switzerland-France
Commission: Biennial of Moving Images (BIM 2016)
Production: Lamaland, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève with the support of Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC), Fonds d’Art Contemporain du Canton de Genève (FCAC), FAENA ART, In Between Art Film, HEAD. Produced with materials collected in April 2015 for the shooting of the feature film Eldorado XXI (2016) by Salomé Lamas produced by O Som e a Fúria and Shellac Sud. With the support of ICA Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, CNC Centre Nacional du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Ministère des Affairs Étrangères et du Développement International – Institut Français, Eurimages – Council of Europe and the additional support of FIDLab2013 FID Marseille, Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin, The MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo
Non-Commercial Rights: FMAC’s Médiatèque, Switzerland
Video Installation Edition: FMAC – Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève/ Republic and Canton of Geneva Contemporary Art Collection (FCAC), collection, Switzerland
Video Installation Edition: CNAP – Centre National de Arts Plastiques - collection, France

There is no need to design or stage an apocalyptic landscape, for the earth we inhabit is already in
crisis and the apocalypse is now. Attempting to redefine ethnographic film tradition, The Burial of the
Dead is a video installation set in the Peruvian town of La Rinconada at an altitude of 5,200 meters on
the edge of a gold mine; it captures a dystopian world that scarcely seems possible in the 21st
century. Lamas has constructed a cinematic triptych to convey the extremity of this situation and the
dimensions of its misery without having to resort to graphic images – indeed a dantesque escherscape
of haunting beauty.

Here is the man with three staves, and here the Wheel,
And here is the one-eyed merchant, and this card,
Which is blank, is something he carries on his back,
Which I am forbidden to see. I do not find
The Hanged Man. Fear death by water.
I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring.
Thank you. If you see dear Mrs. Equitone,
Tell her I bring the horoscope myself:
One must be so careful these days.
– Waste Land, ‘The Burial of the Dead’ by TS. Eliot.

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