Into the Maelstrom, Zoé T. Vizcaíno

Zoé T. Vizcaíno – Ciudad de México, 1979

By definition a vortex it’s a swirling mass typified by natural forces such as the whirlpool, tornado, or cyclone. This essential dynamism involves a rotary motion that derives from or includes a spiral whirling. A Maelstrom is a colossal natural phenomenon composed of irregularities in currents, flows and tides that are capable of generating powerful whirlpools that move forth constantly and rapidly. They are permanent oscillations between creation and destruction. I’m interested in emphasizing the idea of a vortex as a primary model, as a dynamic and coherent structural energy capable of generating a centripetal force that drags and concentrates matter into invisible depths. While these depths remain impenetrable, the surface perturbations- the wheeling and foaming streaked atop the sea are ever-present records of the density and force that is drawn below.


Formally, Into the maelstrom (2011-2013) explores and documents the world’s two most powerful whirlpools. Into the maelstrom consists of research and production in both video and photography. The first part was done during the summer of 2011 at the Lofoten Islands and at Saltstraumen- a small town in Northern Norway. The second part was executed during the spring of 2013 at the inland island Shikoku, at Naruto, Tokushima, Japan.

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