• Trafficking the Earth

Acosta, Ignacio ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8603-6810, Purbrick, Louise and Ribas, Xavier, 2023, Show, Exhibition or Event, Trafficking the Earth

Abstract or Description:

Trafficking the Earth is a collection of documents that reproduces historical constellations of appropriation and accumulation, depletion and displacement, violence and its disguise, begun by mining nitrate and copper.

It is work of documentation. Photography is the focus but it is only one type of document in historical and contemporary mining landscapes. A photograph is a trace, an imprint of time and space, but as Walter Benjamin wrote, 'to live is to leave traces' and the documents of nitrate and copper are found in many places, preserved and obscured.

The Atacama Desert, the Pacific ports of Iquique and Pisagua, mining town of Chuquicamata, the slag heaps of Coquimbo, the City of London, the docks of Liverpool, the waterfront of Swansea, First World War munitions factories and battlefields, English country estates and Oxford Colleges may appear as separate geographies yet they are entangled together in the transport and transformations of nitrate and copper.

Image EcologyBerlin, Germany16 Sep 2023 - 18 Jan 2024Mixed show
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography > W640 Photography
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Funders: AHRC
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2024 10:21
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2024 10:21
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5729
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