"Paraíso" is a new ongoing project that focuses on a massive epidemic of forestal fires that happened in the province of Corrientes, Argentina.
In March of 2022 I traveled to San Miguel, one of the areas that was most affected by the wild fires that occurred, with more than 30% of the soil and flora compromised. I went searching for answers and a better understanding of what had happened, and discovered a reality stranger than fiction, with a combination of contrasting elements that resulted in the perfect recipe for the tragedy. One of the defining reasons was the damage to the soil made by the many international forestry companies that occupy the area to use for their crops, which have systematically dried out the land throughout the years, creating a hydraulic stress. Added to that, a terrible drought caused by climate change left the province without rain water for a full two years. But beyond all these reasons, one of the most heart breaking and strangest reasons for the fires was the negligence of men. Population of the area seem to live almost oblivious of the natural resources they inhabit.
A land governed by faith over reason, where the law of men reigns and flora and fauna are merely collateral.