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This project is about the problems cotton farmers in India are facing due to GM cotton seeds (Bt cotton) flooding the market. GM seeds are genetically modified seeds and BT is the type of insecticide in the seeds that kills the bollworm, an insect that devours the cotton plant.

India is the 2nd largest producer of cotton in the world. Since 1995 there have been over 270,000 suicides amongst cotton farmers. With crippling increases in input costs, a low minimum support price from the Government, heavily subsidized US cotton – which has flooded the global market bringing prices down. Add to that the impact of climate change, and the result: Indian cotton farmers are now involved in the largest wave of suicides in history.

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It was in 2009 when newspapers published an article about the last British World War I (WW I) veteran who died at the age of 111. I felt in that moment that a piece of history was gone forever; a living piece of history disappeared forever and WW I will thereafter never again be so painfully real. Without the people who fought on the frontline, WW I will feel like just a remote historical event.

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I first started taking photos of my family and friends with an Agfa 110 camera back when I was a kid in the 80’s, in Chile. It was the family camera. Chile was under an authoritarian military government at the time, which made it virtually impossible to develop a unique voice or vision, so growing up I came to view photography as “the impossible dream”- it seemed unrealistic because it was an expensive hobby and because we didn’t have freedom of opinion.

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On a personal level, this series began as a challenge to myself. I wanted to reconstruct my working methods and understand what I was capable of as a photographer when I denied myself my usual starting points and fallbacks.

The bonsai tree is a living object stripped of all that is inessential. I wanted to make pictures that would speak to each tree’s essence, its history and its dignity.

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Amber Room series explores the condition of nostalgia in the context of migratory experiences and shifts in political regimes. It is made over two years in between Lithuania and Scotland, however I have attempted the theme a few times before. I have worked on unfinished pieces The Magic City and Looking for Signs of Summer in the Rainy Country since 2008, but both were left behind as I struggled to conclude them.

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