Marcela Magno’s Land  Oil, is the first volume in a series that make up a contemporary atlas. Produced with satellite images of extraction areas of natural resources and energy use, the book is a box containing 9 folded sheets of 1m by 0.70m printed front and back, with an index and an instruction manual. The fronts contain 9 maps of the most important areas of oil extraction in the world and the backs can be connected to form a single map from Eagle Ford, Texas.
Land is a photographic project which aims to show contemporary maps, revealing the historical evolution of the landscape, the political division of territory and geopolitical development. The images that make up the project were put together with maps taken from google earth which were printed in large scale and high definition.
They are satellite maps that reveal the topography of extraction fields, showing how utopias of modernity turn into a dystopian outcome. These maps confront us with otherness: social and economic distortion, environmental disaster, misplaced territorial boundaries, and the uncertain future of our world.
Marcela Magno (Argentina, b. 1966) is an artist working with a conceptual approach to the photographic medium. She studied Pedagogy at the University of Barcelona, graduating in 1993.
In 2016 she completed a Masters in Contemporary Latin American Photography in Lima, Perú.
Since 2010 she has studied arts, philosophy and photography, with an interest in the role that images have to produce and transmit knowledge. She builds her work with materials that she transfers between different spheres of knowledge and disciplines.
“I investigate, categorize, re-signify, execute minimal gestures by means of which an image that circulates in a certain field of knowledge moves and produces other, multiple ways of seeing and thinking in visual contemporary culture. What I try to catch is a "spark" that is not seen on the surface, what is hidden behind appearances and that usually slips into the shadows of the void, in the interstices of the multiple fictions of the world that the images contribute to.”