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Mariel Miranda, countercartography of America day by day

Los Angeles, CA. Hollywood Blvd 2

Medium: Photograph
Date: 2019

Mariel Miranda

For many months I tried to plan the action I wanted to  perform in Death Valley. For my research this place was  crucial. It was there that hundreds of western and some cult films were made and impregnated the memory and imagination of Simone de Beauvoir about the  North American landscape, and where she visited in company of the  film director George Stevens. I designed an analogous device aided by a vintage film projector and a high-powered lamp. I decided to project the  phrase “Here lies nostalgia” to allude to a double meaning  of the word “lies” in terms of “being in a place” but also referring to an “untruth”.