Tanja Boukal | Abandoned

Abandoned

Alpbach (Austria) | 23. August - 5. September 2009

Back in the 1920s, a tourist village was established along the shore of Lago Epecuen, a salt lake some 600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The resort town, named Villa Epucuen, soon had a railroad station, and it thrived for several decades. In the 1960s, the area was affected by unusual drought, which caused that Lake Epecúen almost dried up. At the peak of the dry season, the Lago Epecúen was only about 2m deep and had a salinity of 400g / liter. At this stage, local politics asked for help. This came in the form of supply channels from the major rivers that transported the water from the Andes towards the Atlantic Ocean. The water level rose again, the tourism business could continue. But the climate changed again. The water in Lake Epecúen rose menacingly. Cries for help from the local population went unheard, and the government of Argentina promised to take on the problem.
However, the inhabitants of Villa de Lago Epecúen should not be able to rely on them. In 1985, the salty waters broke through an earthen dam, and Villa Epecuen was doomed.

In the exhibition the photos are shown as shadowy images. They float in space, just as this place as a whole is only present in fragments of memory.

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Catalogue of the Exhibition (German only)
Programme of Forum Alpbach 2009

Venue:

Congress Centrum Alpbach
Alpbach 246
6236 Alpbach
Austria

Works presented:
Abandoned