Little Suns on Earth – Pablo Cabado


The Eriskay Connection, 2023
Softcover, 23,5 x 31 cm
104 pages, b/w photographs
English text

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After the end of World War II, Argentina became the main safe haven for fleeing Germans, and President Juan Perón even secretly brought in those with special military and technological skills that could help his country progress. One of these special people was Austrian scientist Ronald Richter.

Convincing Perón that it was possible to generate unlimited energy through nuclear fusion, Richter managed to receive substantial funding to build an experimental fusion reactor on Huemul Island, near the city of San Carlos Bariloche in Patagonia. After two years of construction, Perón publicly announced that Richter’s experiments had been successful, describing the experiment as igniting ‘small artificial suns on Earth’. After a year of visits to the island by journalists and other scientists trying to investigate the unsubstantiated claims and being denied access and explanations, the truth about Richter’s deceptions was discovered and the Huemul Project came to an abrupt end.

Pablo Cabado explored the island of Huemul far and wide over a period of six years, documenting its landscape scarred by the scars of secret nuclear tests, in an attempt to unravel the intrigues of human folly.
The photographs are accompanied by an essay – illustrated by archive material – by Diego Castelfranco, who elaborates in depth on the mysterious and monumental history of this scientific autocracy and the dream that was never realised.

Weight 2 kg


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