Washed Up is an environmental installation and photography project that transforms the international debris washing up on Mexico’s Caribbean coast into disquieting works.
Mexican artist Alejandro Durán does not remove or add anything, but merely rearranges the trash he finds on site.
Durán has identified plastic waste from fifty-three nations and territories on six continents that have washed ashore along the coast of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally protected reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Durán at times distributes objects the way the waves would. At other times, the plastic mimics algae, roots, rivers, or fruit, reflecting the infiltration of plastics into the natural environment.
Alejandro Durán website, here.