Rodrigo Gómez Rovira – Ultimo Sur
Editions Xavier Barral – 2019
Ultimo Sur takes the reader on a journey to the end of the world combining Rodrigo Gómez Rovira’s photographs with the ones of his grandfather who moved to Tierra del Fuego in 1938 after Chile’s great land reforms. Nearly forty years later, the next generation fled to France to escape the dictatorship. In the mid-1990s, Rodrigo Gómez Rovira decided to return to Chile in search of his roots and family history.
Ultimo Sur is a hybrid book, bringing together a family album created by his grandfather and the author’s own photographs of the vast region of Tierra del Fuego, a magnificent and isolated land, letting the imagination run wild. It reveals an arduous agricultural world in which farmers led difficult lives. Portraits that bear witness to a forgotten time are slipped between scenes of daily life and the wild imposing landscapes between the mountains and the sea.