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Dark Paradise: Humans in Galápagos

Dark Paradise: Humans in Galápagos


2 channels video installation
5.1 sound

Premiered at the
21st. Video Brasil Biennale
Oct. 9, 2019, Såo Paulo, Brazil

As an element that appeals strongly to the imagination, an island may be the incarnation of anti-nationalist dreams, primitive inspirations or the desire for isolation. Following their discovery in 1535, the Galapagos Islands remained largely uninhabited until 1832, when they were annexed to Ecuador. Contreras’s project investigates the first settlements in the archipelago as a paradigmatic social experiment. “Dark Paradise”brings together historical archeology and mythological narrative to develop a metaphor about resilient underwater species and their seemingly paradisiacal appearance.

®Paul Rosero Contreras


Project based on an expedition to underwater active volcano Roca Redonda in the Galápagos Islands, Pacific Ocean. Part of a research on resilience to ocean acidification (OA) manifested in Orange Cup corals (Tubastraea Coccinea).

In collaboration with marine biologist Margarita Brandt and marine microbiologist Nataly Guevara.

The work titled “To fly and swing”, is a collaboration with interactive designer Cristina Muñoz.

This project was funded by the Collaboration Grant 2018, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, 2018.

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