The Qhapaq Ñan is a high-altitude road network created by the native peoples that stretched over six South American countries. This was the tangible expression of a great political and economic project, the territory known as Tawantisuyo. The goal was the social, political and economic integration of a large part of the Andean territory and the diverse cultures that existed there. This project show the journey along the Argentine stretch of the Qhapaq Ñan. A landscape between every step. In that space a white hole opens up that turns off with the click of the camera. Between every shot the space fills up with life again and creates that eternity that each photo breaks. A hidden voice can be heard that only the musician can interpret. I follow him as he chases after that vibrating sound that comes from the ground; we go up a path of footprints that seem invisible as he vanishes in the clouds. There is silence in the images; I strike the camera against the ground to record the laughter of the old devils who have gathered around me. They laugh at my profession and my poor hearing. Human rhythm and time have disappeared, now it is the slow pulse of the mountain range that guides the spirits along the edge a dry-stone road. I watch with one eye and give my hand to the chaski who came back to help me through the portal. The Indian’s dry, cold skin has no life to it but I can feel it’s friendly. We approach the circle of music; singers in silence listen to that blue-eyed man. It is the end of his vidala, and the last cry lingers on until all his throat is exposed.

Book offset print in Latingráfica in 700; 21x25 cm

Edition by Adriana Lestido and Gabriel Diaz.

Tony Lockett

Sub editora, Retina and Cria Asociación civil. Idea by Sergio Chiappetta, Melisa Camera, Guido Camera et Mariano Gerbino.