The blackness of the red river
Coline Jourdan is a visual artist and photographer. Fully committed to environmental protection, she questions the codes of representation in photography, taking a particular interest in toxicity, its presence in our environment and its often imperceptible impacts.
The blackness of the red river is a project that starts in the Rio Tinto basin in Spain. The river, polluted by the region’s mining activity, is becoming acidic and is gradually turning red. To bear witness to this ecological disaster, the photographer has augmented the photographic development process by using water from the river itself. The resulting chemical interaction alters the initial image of the landscape, producing blackened images in which fragments of nature attempt to survive.