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Tales of an Unknown Aviator, Pt.2

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This ongoing project documents an extensive collection of model planes, made by an elderly Chilean artist. All the planes are from the WWI & II period and were fashioned by Luis Greenhill Hozwen using only found materials. A digital technique has been applyed to each photograph. That treatment references textures and fragments of information related to the project narrative, such as pages from the original reference encyclopedias consulted and letters from the artist.
  • Tales of an Unknown AviatorĀ 
    A photographic treatment of model planes made by Luis Greenhill (1925 - 2010)

  • This ongoing project documents an extensive collection of French, Italian, Polish, Japanese, German, Russian, English and American model planes from World War I & II (1914 - 1945) that are palm sized, one-off and made by an elderly man who lived in Southern Chile. Luis Greenhill reproduced his model planes from looking at photographs found in old books. He fashioned the planes by hand carving wooden blocks and gluing together recycled materials. Like objects glimpsed in a dream, the model planes have been photographed and then digitally treated in a way that further blurs the line between fact and fiction. Seen as a whole, the project speaks of time, nostalgia, memory, simulacra, repetition, intervention, layering, courage, loss, sacrifice and the nature of conflict.

  • Supermarine Walrus
  • Breguet 19 (Br. 19 hydro)
  • Handley Page V/1500
  • Kawanishi H6K
  • Friedrichshafen FF.33
  • Nakajima A6M2-N
  • Felixstowe F.2
  • Piaggio P.108
  • Northrop P-61 Black Widow

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