Cecilia Díaz Betz

What do mines and quarries have that fascinate us so much? These mutant and mutable landscapes—caused by nature and/or humans, have a singular beauty, which turn them into almost alien spaces with which it’s hard to establish a visual dialogue.


Its colours, shapes and constant changes are coveted by photographers and filmmakers, avid hunters of moon-like locations to give free reign to their stories. Sans, Hocking’s latest artistic project, was shot in quarries in Melbourne. He plays with the poetics of space while at the same time it decontextualizes it because it is impossible to know the real dimensions of the places he portraits. “There’s a beauty to mines and quarries when you explore the shapes, color and texture of what’s left behind, which is kind of perverse in a way,” Hocking says.

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