Artifice

In 2012 an earthquake took place in Mexico City, reaching a magnitude of nearly 8 points on the Richter scale. Due to the earth’s movement, small cracks opened in a number of buildings, objects fell from tables, and the offices hosted in skyscrapers on Paseo de la Reforma sent their employees home.  

Southbound, in the Tláhuac Forest, an artificial lake ceased to exist on that day. It was a place where boats would navigate, and around which families and lovers would gather on weekends. The earthquake shook the base of this lake, cracking it open like an old shell, opening holes in the earth which caused the water to be absorbed immediately, making the lake disappear within a matter of hours. From one day to the next, the lake had vanished: atop the dry ground only remained a few anchored vessels, seeming dragged and abandoned amidst this now vacant lot. [...]