Edition 2022



The temperate rainforests of Araucania in southern Chile have gradually been replaced by monocultures of pine and eucalyptus from massive cloning in order to develop the paper pulp industry. The Mapuche (“people of the earth”) lived there long before the country was founded. Today, they are fighting to save biodiversity, especially medicinal plants. Meanwhile, the exploitation and trafficking of resources are fueling violence between nationalist organizations, industrialists’ private militias and the army’s special anti-terrorist forces. Two worldviews are clashing. One is based on free-market economics, the other considers the relationship to the environment a spiritual one. The photographic inquiry of Ritual Inhabitual also reveals the ecological and political consequences of monoculture forestry, opening a debate on our consumption.

Exhibition curator: Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo.
With the collaboration of Ricardo Baez, graphic designer, Serge Bahuchet, professor of ethnobiology, and Flora Pennec, ethnobotanist.
Publication: Forêts géométriques. Luttes en territoire Mapuche, Actes Sud, 2022.

With support from the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage of Chile and the DIRAC-Division for Cultures, Arts, Heritage and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture