Fernando Prats | Chile Pavilion, 54th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Interviewed by Ilari Valbonesi
“Man wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”
Fernando Prats’ Gran Sur project was inspired by Ernest Shackleton’s newspaper advert soliciting recruits for his fateful Antarctic expedition. Through a compendium of photographs and archival materials, Prats’ installation, recorded in this volume, draws out the implications of the blackly humorous advert to resonate with larger experiences of migration and dangerous travel.
© Photo: Fernando Prats