The towns that comprise La Brea (The Tar), a district in Piura in the northern coast of Peru, share an arid geography, a proximity to the sea and a cultural and political history tied to oil.
The landscape bears the mark of oil extraction and the people that inhabit it have also bound their lives and stories to it.
The desert reclaims its presence at every opportunity; sneaking its particles into the living rooms during windy afternoons, burying the abandoned oil containers, clogging the new machinery and settling on the skin when caught off guard in drowsy afternoons.
Copé draws a trail only seen from above. It’s made of dark, thick spills, pipes across the sand, ever-lit flames in the night and against the blinding sun.