Translated by Ellen Donnison
Waska Tatay is a project created by Raphaël Verona and Thomas Rousset. In this photographic project Verona and Rousset document a trip through the Bolivian high plateaus and explore this region’s magical beliefs, which are tinged with poetry and humour. This region can be strange and marvellous and at other times, enchanting and disturbing. Waska Tatay is a photographic account that is fuelled by magic realism.
The book was published by IDPURE publications. The images in the book reveal a surreal mix of studio and reportage photographs. The book contains seven different and distinct stories, each offering an alternative reading of the high plateaus of Bolivia. The project is an experimental exploration of this world and constantly touches on the real and the magical.
Here is a small extract from the book Waska Tatay for you to enjoy:
In the depths of the Cerro Rico, there lived the man of the abyss: the man of the mine that took on the features of Supay, a protective relative who was sometimes generous and helpful, at other times vicious and cruel. When one enters the depths of the Uku Pacha, the subterranean world, the black tunnels lead to distrust, insecurity and fear. Here in the depths below, the boundaries and the rules disintegrate; the laws of physics and morality dissipate so that one can shelter from the ruler of this territory. […]
From our unexpected encounter I find this man has infiltrated my mind and accompanied me further down the dark tunnels. He strives to twist within the shadowy corners of my daily surroundings and this instils within me a cavernous fear; familiar places hum with his presence. He crouches behind the wall at the end of the courtyard, below the gap under the stairs, behind the doorjamb at the mouth of the metro. Supay was watching me when I went down the mine. He observed me, mocking me, that time when we left the bar drunk, the scene complete with a mass of miners in Murillo Street. I am sure it was him that delivered pizza to me the previous day.
I left him waiting on the doorstep: I feared that he would seduce my wife.
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