Luis Muñoz

Amnesia *


The last 200 years of our recent history have brought profound changes in our way of life. The massive movement of people from rural areas to cities has continued to grow over this period, and it is estimated that by 2030 more than 60% of the world's population will be concentrated in cities. Such massification generates serious problems, some tangible and some less obvious.

Human disconnection from nature is one of the least visible. In just a few generations, we have been losing the natural link with our environment. Without realizing it, we have gone from having our place in nature and depending on it, to being increasingly trapped in cities, tied to material things, losing perspective, instincts and distancing ourselves from our natural reality.

Disengaged, insensitive and unaware of what is happening in nature, our relationship with nature is increasingly artificial. Many of our outdoor activities are also done in crowds, whether on the shores of a polluted sea or climbing Everest in a queue, without any connection or relationship with the environment.

We are suffering from a generalized amnesia. We forget that we are just another part of nature, while becoming the species that wastes the most resources, pollutes the most and is the most disconnected from the environment, losing even the awareness of our bodies. We are no longer able to understand what our nutritional needs are; 800 million people suffer from obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc., due to our current lifestyle, and this figure is growing. We let ourselves be carried along by inertia, forgetting our place and responsibility in this delicate balance.

In terms of photography, Amnesia proposes a documentary approach with a contemporary slant that seeks to invite reflection on what is happening in the images. The motifs to be photographed are those popular, socially accepted habits in which the physical and spiritual disconnection of human beings with nature is shown.

As with other environmental problems, we must find a way to feel part of our natural environment again. Reversing this phenomenon and all its consequences is the only way to reconnect with our own nature and re-establish the link with the only home we have.

* Project in progress.