Jimenez Cahua ’08: Capturing Peru’s landscape

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This photograph of Lima at night is one of eight images in a solo exhibition of Carlos Jiménez Cahua ’08′s latest work on exhibit in the James S. Hall ’34 Memorial Gallery at Butler College through April 9.

In this series of photographs, titled Ciudad de los Reyes, Jiménez Cahua explores Peruvians’ relationship to their landscape. The people of Lima “don’t sculpt the land,” he wrote in a statement on his Web site. “The earth remains visible if not nearly unaltered despite their development. … The people of Lima quite literally merely scratch the surface — their relationship to the ground is not one of dominance, but of acquiescence.”

A native of Peru, Jiménez Cahua had his first solo exhibit in New York last summer at Anastasia Photo gallery space. It featured images of towns springing up in and around Lima’s desert landscape.