Nick Ballon's statement
Ezekiel 36:36 is a very personal documentary which started off as a story about a downed Bolivian airline Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (L.A.B) grounded since 2007 finding a multi-million dollar investment which would enable them to fly again. LAB sits on the doorstep of my fathers home town Cochabamba, once the jewel of the nation having been flag carrier for Bolivia and one of the worlds oldest airlines.
Six years after its apparent collapse, LAB remains alive but seemingly frozen in a time of its own. 190 employees continue to work for LAB, despite not having been paid for up to two years at a time. The story is a familiar one in Bolivia. LAB envelopes the national consciousness. It’s an airline frozen in its own time by faded images of a glorious past and kept alive by dreams of a triumphant return which never seems to arrive.
The title of the work takes its name from the airlines only possible saviour, its last operational aeroplane called Ezekiel 36:36*.
* “Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD rebuild the ruined places, and replant that which was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.”
Copies of Ezekiel 36:36 limited edition book are still available to buy via Nick Ballón’s Webstore via www.nickballon.com