Santiago Bonilla

Paralelo 28 - Film - 24min - 2020

présenté dans le cadre de l'exposition Panorama 22


A portrait of work in the landscape of the world’s largest salt mine in México. A reflection on how images can describe the reality of the body at work and the three-dimensional nature of raw material through the viewpoint of a one-eyed dog.

In the north of México, in the world´s biggest salt mine, the landscape is shaped by the labor of workers and machines. Full of noises, it does not affirm the world as an image. And maybe it’s not. If it’s sustained by miners, it’s also by raw material. What gains volume as matter, loses weight as an image.

Santiago Bonilla

Santiago Bonilla, born in 1988, in México, was graduated with honors from a bachelor degree in Hispanic literature and linguistics with a thesis about memory. He was assistant for researcher Yvette Jiménez de Báez at El Colegio de México and then studied filmmaking at Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC-UNAM) where he directed, wrote and was the director of photography of several short films. He was granted with Jóvenes creadores FONCA under Ximena Cuevas’ mentorship. He won the screenplay price at XVe Festival Internacional de Cine de Morielia (FICM) and has been working as assistant director and director of photography ever since. His work deals with memory and landscape.


Alonso Bonilla, Ana García, Carolina Bonilla, Rafael Bonilla, Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, Óliver Rendón, Juan Pablo Villegas, Kendra McLaughlin, Felipe Esparza, Ana Elena Tejera, Ugo Arsac, Trabajadores de ESSA, Manuel Granados, Antonio Avilés, Alicia López.


Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing