Supported by Galeria del Paseo

Gihan Tubbeh is a photographer and visual artist working between Peru and Europe. Her recent work revolves around the poetics of time in relation to the territory, searching for the hidden signs and rhythms engraved in the landscape. Triggered by impossible questions, her images expose signs and enigmas, with no explicit narratives in search of nature’s own indecipherable codified language. Is it not the territory, the unnamable, the certainty itself, the chance of time, something precisely unattainable? In her work, nature speaks as an eruption of being; inherent to nature and imprinted in the landscape, violence as a force before all, a vehicle between death and new life.  A mythical terrain that reminds us that nature acts as a mother who creates everything and destroys everything.

Her work has earned international recognition, including first prize awards from World Press Photo, POYI- Pictures of the Year International (Latin-American Photographer of the Year), Magnum Foundation Grantee, among others.



The photographic installation features a large-format print of a diamond-shaped ice shot in Iceland. The photograph is displayed on an aluminum plate embedded into rocks at a specific location. Like an hourglass, drop by drop this “diamond” will dissolve. Although water is more vital to existence, humanity keeps neglecting its imperative need for protection. 

The image serves as a metaphor for the melting of glaciers and the urgency of our current global emergency. The diamond shape symbolizes the resilience and strength of nature, as diamonds are the hardest natural substance composed of carbon and can be billions of years old. The installation aims to provoke reflection on the lack of progress in addressing the main causes of the crisis we face today. It also highlights the neglect of water’s significance and the crucial need to protect it in contrast with the political safeguard given to endangering and extractivist practices.