Focusing on seemingly small images and micro-moments of everyday life, Land of Friends highlights the tensions and struggles between local fishing and farming communities and the multinational corporations converting the Yuma into hydroelectric power. The choice of everyday gestures and these interventions acknowledge the small-scale, informal economies along the river and the relationship people develop with bodies of water and their spiritual significance. Through appropriating satellite images and the insistence on developing alternative forms of representation, the film proposes the unlearning of our reductive and commodified perception of rivers. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Carolina Caycedo (1978) is a London-born Colombian artist living in Los Angeles. She participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Carolina’s artistic practice has a collective dimension to it in which performances, drawings, photographs, and videos are not just an end result but rather part of the artist’s process of research and acting. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental, historical memory as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and non-human entities and generates a debate about the future in relation to common goods, environmental justice, just energy transition, and cultural biodiversity.