END is a work dedicated to the planet's most remote locations – a visual requiem for extreme lands, a trip through the most distant peripheries of civilisation, where people and the environment are melded together. END is a research project into the image and the imagination of the end. Given its world premiere at HangarBicocca in Milan, for which it has been specially created as part of the wider Terre Vulnerabili project, END is a three-screen installation that represents a selection of the works produced by Carlos Casas during the decades of arduous research he carried out in the Aral sea, Patagonia and Siberia, channelled into three documentary films, a lengthy series of single-channel videos and various audio-visual live events.
Excerpt from a text by Andrea Lissoni.
Installation photos by Agostino Osio
End Trilogy by Carlos Casas
A trilogy of films dedicated the most extreme environments on the planet, I was interested in living in these lands trying to capture those lives styles which are dissapearing, I was interested in the collective imaginary of these places and their mythic idea of the end of the world. I was interested in landscapes, places that carried in a certain way a feeling of the "End", through abandonness, remoteness, harshness of the land and of course living conditions, places that could represent in a way a post apocalyptic future scenario and at the same time a certain archaic civilisation feeling.
I was interested in the people living in this peripheries of civilization and how they survive their everyday life, why they were here and how they were managing to survive. I was interested in living among them, following their rhythms and trying to understand their ways, their reasons.
I firmly believe that in those places I found Human spirit in it's most purest and sincere stage, away from a certain civilisation drive. I hope these people and their lives will spur a light onto those occidental and civilized viewers.
The film trilogy is dedicated entirely to the people who shared some of their treasure moments with me. I hope these films will testimony their existence.