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Visual Essays

Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): Landscapes of Care: the emergency of landscapes of care in extreme territories

Landscape as Heritage in the province of Chañaral, Atacama region, Chile




To understand the landscape as heritage is to recognize it in a synthesizing condition, as a complex system of ecological, historical and social legacies. This approach allows an articulation and reading of the territory not as a sum of particularities but rather as a particular system, where the landscape, as a collective construction of society, is not only understood as a material construction, but also as a construction of memory and cultural expressions, which in the Atacama Desert have become evident with a clear mining emphasis, temporally since pre-Columbian times and spatially throughout the transversality, longitudinality and altitudinal levels of the territory.

Cover image: Memorial site. “Animita”, 2017 - photo by Sebastian Palacios


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