You can tell a lot about a society by how it imagines its opposite. The term antipode derives from the Greek for having one foot facing the wrong direction. Its geographical usagedesignating points diametrically opposite one another on the globestems from the ancient belief that the other side of the earth held a kind of netherworld, where everything was inverted, causing the men who lived there to walk backwards.
Iván Argote tests this theory, surveying a pair of modern-day antipodes for his twenty-two-minute video As Far As We Could Get, 2017. Urban antipodes are rare, with only a handful of possible case studies. Argote selected the Indonesian municipality of Palembang and the Colombian town of Neiva. While physically the farthest points from one another on the globe, the two cities share a status as former colonies and occupy positions similarly peripheral to the
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