Now in its final week at the Musée de l’Homme is Mapuche. Voyage en terre lafkenche (Mapuche: A Voyage to Lafkenche Territory) an exhibition moving between photography, anthropology, and ethno-botany. It is an homage to the Mapuche, an autochthonous people of Chile that over the last century has lost ninety percent of its traditional lands. The exhibition, which derived from an encounter between an artists’ collective called “Ritual Inhabitual” and the ethno-biologists at the Musée de l’Homme, explores Mapuche cosmogony, their ritual practices, and their knowledge of plants. Made using the delicate collodion process, the photographs on show illustrate not only “traditional” communities but Catholics, Evangelicals, and young people from the Santiago suburbs as well. The installation’s herbarium features some thirty-five different plants and displays the diversity of the region’s flora and their multiple uses.
For a closer look, visit the Musée de l’Homme website.