Since the implementation of a peace agreement in December 2016, over 265 social leaders and environmental activists have been systematically murdered in Colombia. The number keeps rising every week at the same time that territories formerly controlled by guerrilla group FARC, suffer from illegal mining and deforestation. Meanwhile, devices on the market continuously track our geolocation while the data obtained is exploited for advertising purposes and surveillance.
What if we were to purposefully reveal our geolocation? Could we warn of and denounce environmental harm in our territories whilst protecting our identity?
Geofilters is an experimental reaction and investigation of the environmental situation in Colombia. It explores ways of revealing while hiding. GeoFilters is a collection of face filters generated using the texture of satellite pictures. The images depict the geo-position of a territory under environmental threat.
This project seeks to draw parallels between data exploitation and territory exploitation, exploring ways of reappropriating one’s own data to reclaim digital and physical territories.
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