"Ultima Esperanza", 2009edition 3+1, Silver Gelatin Print, 33cm x 46cm
In 1892 the german Captain Herman Eberhard found a piece of fur in a cave in Ultima Esperanza in Southern Chile. The skin looked fairly fresh but later proved to be 10.800 years old. It belonged to an extinct species of ground sloths that had inhabited the cave until they were driven out by the Paleo-Indians.
The photo series Ultima Esperanza consists of three silver gelatin prints and one reproduction of a historic map from the archives of the “Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut Berlin”. The original map dates to the time of Captain Eberhard and covers the proximity of Ultima Esperanza. The three black and white photos show the sculpture Megatherium Americanum together with fictional human characters in a staged setting that alludes to the geographical environment of Ultima Esperanza.