La vuelta

Olmo Cuña

La vuelta [The Tour] documents the action of circling the island of Janitzio in Mexico, and contrasts two views in a literal way: one from the inside of the island, towards the outside, and the other from the lake, towards the inside. The work places the viewer between these two points of view; in the space that separates the visitor and the visited. The confronted images refer to the dynamics of tourist consumption, in which both the inhabitants of a place and its visitors are participants.

The Lake Patzcuaro basin is home to the Purépecha people who traditionally lived from fishing. Today the island of Janitzio is an important tourist destination whose main activity is the boat trip and the celebration of the Day of the Dead. The lake is in a process of water level decrease and suffers the consequences of mass tourism.

La vuelta was recorded in digital format, then each frame was printed in b/w, hand colored and scanned. The result could be considered as a kind of an anachronistic souvenir of Janitzio that poses the journey as a hallucination of movement through images. At the same time La vuelta is an involuntary record of the beginning of the pandemic, its restrictions, isolation and social distance.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: La vuelta
  • Direction: Olmo Cuña
  • Production: Olmo Cuña, Óscar Galeote, Sara García, Elesban Molina & Ana Prendes.. 2020.
  • Duration: 00:04:13
  • Languages: without dialogue
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • License: Copyright