At the end of 2013, a high-resolution image of the coldest place we know in the universe (The Boomerang Nebula) was captured by the most powerful set of telescopes in the world: Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the Atacama Desert.
The importance of this discovery lies mainly in determining what happens to stars when they die, because the same will happen to the Sun at some point in time.
This picture inspired Mar Martín for her serie, A. L. M. A. Alma, means in Spanish “soul”. She use the “cold” that would arise if the Sun died from a psychological perspective.
With staged color photographs Mar Martín investigates the effects of the cold on the human soul and goes deeply into a dystopic world. The mostly whitely dressed protagonists in her pictures work as frozen.
They are surrounded by technology, anonymous, the surrounding landscape is her coldly lifeworld.
With her work, Mar Martín builds a bridge between science and imagination and invents her very own universe which is not so far from the reality. Can a person without humanity still be called human?
All images © Mar Martín
By Mar Martín