Nicolas Sanchez L.

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Footprints in the Dust (as I was moving ahead I felt brief glimpses of beauty and terror)

[2015-2018] Only 12 men have set foot on the moon in 6 successful NASA missions; 12 men that attached to their spacesuits carried photographic cameras without viewfinders and registered their lunar walks in search of explanations.

The images of this series were created from these originals, preserved in the public archives of the Apollo program of NASA. In a process that took 3 years, I made a selection among more than 8,000 images, which were then referenced in the lunar atlas and digitally joined to form a new wider and larger image.

The exhibition also includes copies (blueprints) of original lunar module layouts and plans, satellite photographs captured by the LROC (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera) of the landing sites that show the still visible tracks of the routes, and a series of videos of the space race obtained from the same archive.

The views of the lunar surface, rocky, thin, dusty, without atmosphere, bathed in a whitish, silver light and the great silence as a backdrop, seem to puncture us with fundamental questions that shoot in all directions: the mystery of the cosmic drama, the technical prowess, the awe and the human desire to understand, the existential vertigo that infinite spaces provoke, -or as Buzz Aldrin described it perplexed when he got off the lunar module - the magnificent desolation.

  1. Boulder at Taurus–Littrow

    135x108 cms Impresión Giclée, aluminio compuesto y Plexiglass (Diasec)

  2. Tracy's Rock

    162 x 130 cms Impresión Giclée, aluminio compuesto y Acrílico

  3. Camelot Crater

    162 x 130 cms Impresión Giclée, aluminio compuesto y Acrílico

  4. Descartes Highlands

    135x108 cms Impresión Giclée, aluminio compuesto y Plexiglass (Diasec)

  5. Mount Hadley Delta

    135x108 cms Impresión Giclée, aluminio compuesto y Plexiglass (Diasec)

  6. Shorty Crater

    162 x 130 cms Impresión Giclée, aluminio compuesto y Acrílico

  7. Apollo 1 en Mare Tranquillitatis, Julio 20, 1969

    70x50 cms Impresión Giclée sobre papel de aluminio

  8. Apollo 12 en Oceanus Procellarum, Noviembre 19, 1969

    70x50 cms Impresión Giclée sobre papel de aluminio

  9. Apollo 14 en Fra Mauro, Febrero 5, 1971

    70x50 cms Impresión Giclée sobre papel de aluminio

  10. Apollo 15 en Hadley /Apennines, Julio 30, 1971

    70x50 cms Impresión Giclée sobre papel de aluminio

  11. Apollo 16 en Descartes, Abril 20, 1972

    70x50 cms Impresión Giclée sobre papel de aluminio

  12. Apollo 17 en Taurus-Littrow, Diciembre 11, 1972

    70x50 cms Impresión Giclée sobre papel de aluminio

  13. LM ascent and descent stage

    70x50 cms Cianotipo (Blueprint) sobre papel de algodón

  14. LM ascent stage interior view

    70x50 cms Cianotipo (Blueprint) sobre papel de algodón

  15. LM configuration for initial lunar landing

    70x50 cms Cianotipo (Blueprint) sobre papel de algodón

  16. Lunar Module (LM)

    70x50 cms Cianotipo (Blueprint) sobre papel de algodón

  17. Saturn V Rocket

    70x50 cms Cianotipo (Blueprint) sobre papel de algodón

  18. Apollo command and service modules (CSM) and launch escape system

    70x50 cms Cianotipo (Blueprint) sobre papel de algodón

  19. Space race suite Op. 1

    Video en CRT TV 21” 39 x 49 x 49 cms SD Video, Color, Sonido, 10’ 00”

  20. Exhibition view

    At Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile

  21. Exhibition view

    At Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile

  22. Exhibition view

    At Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile

  23. Exhibition view

    At Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile

  24. Exhibition view

    At Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile

  25. Exhibition view

    At Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile

  26. Exhibition view

    At Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile

  27. Exhibition view

    At Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile

  28. Exhibition view

    At Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile