• Forthcoming — Tales from the Crust, Arts Catalyst, London, UK

  • Forthcoming — Bienal de Artes Mediales de Santiago, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC, Santiago, Chile

  • Forthcoming — Conversatorio, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile

  • Forthcoming — Litte ja goabddá, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile

  • Current — Game of Drones, Zeppelin Museum, Germany

  • 2019 — Feature, Panorama, Spain

  • 2019 — Conference paper, NAISA 2019, Aotearoa/New Zealand

  • 2019 — Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France

  • 2019 — Exhibition, Ájtte Museum, Sweden

  • 2019 — Review, Transfer: Global Architecture Platform, Switzerland

  • 2019 — Feature, TANK Magazine, London

  • 2019 — Book Launch, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

  • 2019 — In Conversation, Sala de Maquinas, Santiago, Chile

  • 2018 — Seminar, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

  • 2018 — Talk, The Copenhagen Landscape Lectures, Denmark

  • 2018 — Publication, Editorial RM (Barcelona/Mexico)

  • 2018 — Book launch, Paris Photo, France

  • 2018 — Artist talk and workshop, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland

  • 2018 — Artist in Residency, Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, Finland

  • 2018 — Seminar and Panel Discussion, Gothenburg, Sweden

  • 2018 — Exhibition, Hasselblad Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden

  • 2018 — Exhibition review, Revista Atlas, Santiago, Chile

  • 2018 — Exhibition review, Artishock, Santiago, Chile

  • 2018 — Symposium, MACBA, Barcelona

  • 2018 — Exhibition, Photo50, London

  • 2017 — Artist Residency. Samernas, Jokkmokk, Swedish Sápmi

  • 2017 — Exhibition, Laznia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdánsk, Poland

  • 2017 — Publication, Trafficking the Earth, London-Santiago

  • 2017 — Project Realisation Award, Hasselblad Foundation / Valand Academy, Sweden

  • 2017 — Symposium, MAC Parque Forestal, Santiago, Chile

  • 2017 — Exhibition, MAC Parque Forestal, Santiago, Chile

  • 2017 — Research and Development Award, Hasselblad Foundation / Valand Academy, Sweden

  • 2017 — Solo exhibition, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales

  • 2017 — Conference paper, Vilnius Academy of Science, Lithuania

  • 2017 — Aritst residency, Serlachius-museot, Finland

  • 2017 — Artist residency, Fundación Camara Oscura, Barranquilla, Colombia

  • 2017 — Publication, Fototazo, Colombia

  • 2017 — Talk and roundtable , Birkbeck University, UCL, London

  • 2017 — Artist talk and roundtable, Arts Catalyst, London

  • 2017 — Visiting lecturer, University of Leeds, Leeds

  • 2017 — Review, Sociedad Fotográfica Alavesa, Vitoria, País Vasco, Spain

  • 2016 — Visiting lecturer, Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, London

  • 2016 — PhD, University of Brighton, Brighton

  • 2016 — Review, MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona

  • 2016 — Collection, Fundación FAVA, Santiago, Chile

  • 2016 — Group exhibition and publication, Museum Belvédère Heerenveen, The Netherlands

  • 2016 — Artist in residency, Academy of Fine Arts / Łaźnia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland

  • 2016 — Review, University of Westminster, London

  • 2016 — New website, Traces of Nitrate, University of Brighton, Brighton

  • 2016 — Conference paper, Plymouth University, Plymouth

  • 2016 — Talk, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London

  • 2015 — Artist talk, Galería AFA, Santiago, Chile

  • 2015 — Artist talk, MA Photography, Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile

  • 2015 — Artist talk, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London

  • 2015 — Interview, Fototazo, Colombia

  • 2015 — Publication, Routledge, London

  • 2015 — Review, Unseen Photo festival magazine, Amsterdam

  • 2015 — Group exhibition and publication, Parque Cultural Cerro Carcel, Valparaíso 

  • 2015 — Conference paper, Durham University, Durham

  • 2015 — Network, Temporary School of Experimental Geography [TSOEG]

  • 2015 — Review, European Prospects

  • 2015 — Sympium, Visuality, Materiality and Mining, University of Brighton

  • 2015 — Exhibition, Wild Pansy Press Project Space, University of Leeds

  • 2015 — Publication, Research News, Centre for Research and Development, University of Brighton

  • 2015 — Performance lecture, PARC, London College of Communication, London

  • 2014 — Publication, Consejo de la Cultura, Santiago, Chile

  • 2015 — Publication, Paisajes Tarapaqueños, Metales Pesados, Chile

  • 2015 — Radical walking tour, The Bluecoat, Liverpool

  • 2015 — Conversation, The Bluecoat, Liverpool

  • 2015 — Artist in Residency, LOOK/15 International Festival, Liverpool

  • 2014 — Group exhibition, Biennial of the end of the world, Argentina

  • 2014 — Interview, Cien Ojos Latinos, Guatemala

  • 2014 — Conference paper, 3rd Conference of Photography and Theory, Cyprus

  • 2014 — Group Exhibition, Feria Ch.ACO, Galería AFA, Santiago de Chile

  • 2014 — Artist talk, Cultural Santa Inés, La Serena, Chile

  • 2014 — Publication, Quadern de les arts i les lletres, No195, Barcelona

  • 2014 — Artist Residency ‘Dispositivo 2/Plataforma Editable’, Chile

  • 2013 — Conference paper ‘Beyond Gated Communities Research Conference’, University of Brighton

  • 2013 — Conference paper, TrAIN: Re-Contested Sites/Sights, University of the Arts, London

  • 2013 — Network, Ph: The Photography Research Network, London

  • 2013 — Group exhibition, University of Brighton, UK

  • 2013 — Network, Arte Sur, France

  • 2013 — Week of events, Traces of Nitrate, Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London

  • 2013 — Symposium, Critical Urban Ecology: Urban Territories, University of Brighton

  • 2012 — Doctoral Award, Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK

  • 2010 — Bi-personal exhibition, Blank Gallery, Brighton

  • 2010 — Individual Exhibition, Galeria Moro, Santiago, Chile

  • 2010 — Group Exhibition, This is Not a Getaway Festival, London

  • 2009 — Symposium, Universidad Uniacc, Santiago, Chile

  • 2009 — Artist residency, Haywood Hospital’, Stoke-on-Trent

  • 2009 — Group exhibition and publication, MA Photography, University of Brighton

  • 2008 — Group exhibition, Brighton Media Centre, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton

  • 2006 — Group exhibition. A to Z, Man museum, Liverpool Biennial of Independents, Liverpool

Solo exhibition
Tales from the Crust
Arts Catalyst
London
26 September - 26 November 2019
Opening Thu 26 September 2019, 6.00pm

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Arts Catalyst announces a new exhibition and programme investigating the politics of extraction across the planet.

Building on ongoing research into extractive activities in Chile and Swedish Sábme, Tales from the Crust presents existing and new work by Chilean artist Ignacio Acosta, comprising documents, films, photographs, maps and objects. The programme will hone in on ways in which local and transnational acts of resistance are making use of technologies (such as drones) in order to monitor the impacts of extractive industries and develop micropolitical strategies. Resistance Labs is a series of discursive events, workshops and broadcasts that will bring to the fore existing forms of solidarity between various anti-mining movements, and address the role that counter-actions can play on a planetary scale.

This exhibition has been awarded funding from the Arts Council England.

Link to press release

Group exhibition
Bienal de Artes Mediales de Santiago
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC
Santiago, Chile
October 2019

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Pedimento. Parque Andino Juncal, Valle de Aconcagua, Chile, 2019

Invited to produce new work for Bienal de Nuevos Medios de Santiago titled El Cuarto Mundo.

Link to Bienal de Artes Mediales de Santiago
Link to Corporación Chilena de Video

Conversatorio
Ritos de Tambores: Resistencias en el mundo Sámi y Mapuche
Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende
Santiago, Chile
05 September 2019, 19hrs

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Solo exhibition
Litte ja goabddá
Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA)
Santiago, Chile
Opening 31 August 12pm
Sept 2019 - Feb 2020

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MSSA website

Film installation Litte ja goabddá presented at MSSA as part of Bienal de Nuevos Medios de Santiago.

Exhibition supported by The British Council.

MSSA press release
Bienal de Artes Mediales de Santiago

Group exhibition
Game of Drones. About unmanned flying objects
Zeppelin Museum
Friedrichshafen, Germany
June-November, 2019

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Installation view Game of Drones. About unmanned flying objects, Zeppelin Museum

Film installation Litte ja goabddá presented as part of Game of Drones. About unmanned flying objects, Zeppelin Museum

Summer exhibition in the Zeppelin Museum, both the technical development and the various utilisations are examined. Eleven internationally renowned artists occupy themselves with ethical questions that need to be addressed especially against the background of economic and military interests.

Participating artists: Ignacio Acosta, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Anohni, Frédérick A. Belzile, James Bridle, Gonçalo F. Cardoso & Ruben Pater, Omer Fast, Adam Harvey, Lawrence Lek, Martha Rosler, Raphaela Vogel

Link to Exhibition

Feauture
Copper Geographies
Panorama
2019

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Panorama website

Copper Geographies featured on Panorama, a platform to help create and reinforce a global consciousness regarding the different challenges we as society face in terms of landscape and territory.

Link to Panorama

Conference paper
Fighting Climate Change and Forest Fires – From a Sámi Perspective
In collaboration with co-researcher Sámi journalist Liz-Marie Nilsen
NAISA
Aotearoa/New Zealand
June 2019

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NAISA is the premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

Fighting Climate Change and Forest Fires – From a Sámi Perspective as part of the panel Sámi Perspectives on Climate Change, Green Colonialism, Forest Fires, Industrial Exploitations, and Food Sovereignty . Chair: May-Britt Öhman, Uppsala University and Luleå University of Technology.

In the summer of 1959 there was a large forest fire at Turberget, Jåhkåmåhkke. Palle Erixon from Kilkok, 14 years old at the time, was one of the fire fighters. In the summer of 2018, we interviewed him at the same site. He shared with how they fought the wildfire.

Supported by Indigenous Climate Change Studies FORMAS Dnr 2017-01923, lett av Fil.Dr May-Britt Öhman, Uppsala universitet.

Link to conference Booklet
Link to Panel abstracts
Link to Dálkke - Indigenous Climate Change Studies

Artist Residency
Cité internationale des arts
Paris
April 2019

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Residency to work my ongoing research Intuitive Projects. The project is developed in collaboration with curator and writer Federica Chiocchetti, founding director of the photo-literary platform Photocaptionist.

Intuitive Project is a platform dedicated to exploring the work and life of my great-grand uncle, Chilean-born, painter, poet, playboy and boxer, Álvaro Guevara Reimers (1894-1951). The project began with a gift from my grand-mother, the photographic album Sun&Shadow, which depicts Guevara’s eccentric upbringing in Chile. The photographs follow his family passage from Valparaíso to Harrogate, England in 1906, after a devastating earthquake had left their home in ruins. The photographs follow the life on the Guevara’s in Harrogate and their Grand European Tour until 1915, when the family returned to Chile threatened by the shadow of World War I – except for Alvaro who stayed in London to pursue his artistic career.

From and beyond the album, since 2013, I have built a substantial archive composed of found images, documents and new photographs works in Britain, Chile and France.

Link to Intuitive Projects
Link to La Cité
Link to publication by Photocaptionist. Unseen Magazine, issue 2, 2015

Solo exhibition
Little ja goabddá [Drones and Drums]
Ájtte Museum
Jåhkåmåkke, Swedish Sábme
March-May 2019

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Installation View, Ájtte Museum

The film installation Litte ja Goabddá [Drones and Drums] and the photographic series Giesse [Summer] at Ájtte, the principal museum of Sami culture, a museum for the mountain region.

I have donated the film installation and the photographic series to the Ájtte Museum archive.

Link to Ájtte Museum

Review
Transfer: Global Architecture Platform
Switzerland
2019

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Transfer: Global Architecture Platform

Review of Copper Geographies at Transfer: Global Architecture Platform.

Link to Review by Transfer

Feature
TANK Magazine
2019

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TANK Magazine webiste

A selection of images from Copper Geographies has been featured by TANK Magazine.

Link

Launch Book
Copper Geographies
The Bookshop at The Photographer's Gallery
London
21 February

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The Photographer's Gallery website

Copper Geographies presented in conversation with the architect and researcher Godofredo Enes Pereira.

Godofredo Enes Pereira is an architect and researcher whose work is centred on environments, ecologies and collective politics. His doctoral research titled The Underground Frontier: Technoscience and Collective Politics investigated political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race for underground resources, focusing on Venezuelan petropolitics and environmental conflicts in the Atacama Desert in Chile. He is a member of Forensic Architecture where he lead the Atacama Desert project and was part of Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s Anthropocene curriculum & campus, a pedagogical and research project that brings together experts from natural sciences, humanities and the arts to discuss the consequences of climate change to planetary architecture. Pereira is currently a Senior Tutor and Course Leader on MA Environmental Architecture and ADS7 Ecologies of Existence in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art.

Instagram takeover by TPG. Link The Photographer's Gallery instagram
Link The Photographer's Gallery event
Link Bookshop at The Photographer's Gallery

In conversation
The Photocaptionist + Copper Geographies = Ignacio Acosta & Federica Chiocchetti
Sala de Maquinas
Santiago Chile
January 2019

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Invitation Sala de Maquinas

Presented publication Copper Geographies (2018) in conversation with Federica Chiocchetti, the Founding Director of the platform The Photocaptionist.

Link to the event
Link to The Photocaptionist

Seminar
Master en Producció i Recerca artística
Universitat de Barcelona
30 November 2018

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Universitat de Barcelona event invitation

Invited by Àngels Viladomiu to present recent research work to MA students of the University of Barcelona.

Download Abstract – Spansh English version

Talk
The Copenhagen Landscape Lectures Fall 2018
University of Copenhagen
27 November 2018

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Integrated Futures, Urban Imaginaries. A film, two lectures and a discussion regarding the role of data, drones, ground experiences and ownership of land are featuring:

Ignacio Acosta, Artist and researcher (UK).
Pia Fricker, Researcher, Department of Architecture, Aalto University (FIN).

The artistic exploration and effects of data and media mediation, and humans impact on urban landscape changes, opens up new perspectives on what digitization can mean physically, socially and politically for new urban imaginaries, landscape practice and education. Hence we seek to discuss artistic work approaches in relation to natural science approaches needed for future perceptions and actions.

Link The Copenhagen Landscape Lectures

Publication
Copper Geographies
Editorial RM
188 pages, insert and map
24x30cm
2018
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Copper Geographies, Editorial RM (2018)

Copper Geographies invites the viewer on a journey of copper from raw material through stock market exchange value, smelted commodity, capital wealth and recycled material. From the transformed landscapes of the Atacama Desert through a re-imagined voyage to Wales and the City of London, the project documents spaces of circulation, environmental disruption, protest and trade, and makes visible the return of the copper hidden within technological devices to its geographical origins.

The publication presents documentary research in the form of maps, photographs and texts, and offers a critical spatial imaginary for re-thinking the geographies of copper. It includes six written contributions by curators, historians and poets; Andrés Anwandter, Marta Dahó, Tehmina Goskar, Tony Lopez, Louise Purbrick and Frank Vicencio López.

Copper Geographies stems from the practice-based PhD thesis The Copper Geographies of Chile and Britain: A photographic study of mining, carried out as part of Traces of Nitrate, a research project developed in collaboration with Art and Design historian Louise Purbrick and photographer Xavier Ribas, based at the University of Brighton and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Launched during Paris Photo in November 2018.

Purchase

Book signing
Copper Geographies
Paris Photo, Paris
Saturday 10 November 2018

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Copper Geographies launched at Paris Photo

Link to event

Artist talk and workshop
Time and Space Programme
University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
8 October 2018

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Presented Copper and Iron: Mining and Visuality: two recent research projects that explore the impact of the copper and iron extractive industries in Chile and Swedish Sápmi: Copper Geographies (2010-2016) and Litte ja Goabddá [Drones and Drums] (2017-2018).

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Strollogy workshop
Time and Space Programme
University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
9, 11 October 2018

Led a two-day strollogy workshop with students to Sillböle mine, a former iron ore mine in Kaivoksela, Western part of Vantaa, Helsinki which operated between 1744-1866.

Link to Time and Space programm

Currenly — Artist in Residency
Serlachius Museums
Mänttä, Finland
August – October 2018

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Aerial view of GA Serlachius. From the collection of Serlachius Museums

Research residency at Serlachius to work on-ongoing investigation into the impact of extractive industries in the Nordic Countries.

Link to Exhibition

Seminar and Panel Discussion
Hasselblad Centre and Gothenburg City Library
Gothenburg, Sweden
14-15 September, 2018

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Drone Vision Seminar. Gothenburg City Library, Gothenburg

On the occasion of the exhibition Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance, Protest exhibition at Hasselblad Center, the Hasselblad Foundation and Valand Academy, Gothenburg University organised a Seminar and Panel Disussion forum with artists, researchers and activists to explore the effects of drone technologies on political protest and war. With support from the Swedish Art Council, Gothenburg city and The Olof Palme Memorial Fund.

Link Seminar
Link Panel Discussion

Exhibition
Drone Vision: Surveillance, Warfare, Protest
Hasselblad Centre
Gothenburg, Sweden
May 19–September 16, 2018

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Installation View, Drone Vision, Hasselblad Centre/span>

Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance, Protest addresses questions of visibility and verticality are intrinsic to drone technology and its meanings for artistic and political praxis.

The exhibition is based on the two-year research project Drone Vision. Surveillance, Warfare, Protest – a collaborative initiative of Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and the Hasselblad Foundation. Led by Dr. Sarah Tuck the research project explores the affective meanings of drone technologies on photography and human rights.

For the exhibition at the Hasselblad Center the commissioned artists Ignacio Acosta, Mhairi Sutherland and Behjat Omer Abdulla have produced new works that respond to the visual and material consequences of drone technologies in the context of Sweden.

Link Drone Vision
Download exhibition guide
Apple Store exhibition App

Review
Mapping Domeyko
Revista Atlas
Santiago
2018

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Revista Atlas wesbite

Mapping Domeyko: On Intertwining Affections, Memories And Histories exhibition review by Mane Adaro.

Link to article [EN]

Review
Mapping Domeyko
Artishock
Santiago
2018

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Artishock website

Mapping Domeyko: Sobre artefactos, memorias e historias entrelazadas exhibition review by Mane Adaro.

Link to review [CA}

Symposium
Mutating Ecologies In Contemporary Art
MACBA, Barcelona
21 February 2018

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The Mutating Ecologies In Contemporary Art symposium questions what role could philosophy play to the challenges posed by climate change, resource depletion and the diverse political and cultural crises our societies face in the 21st Century? How to identify the toxic effects of the logic of advance capitalism and neoliberal globalization in a cognitive, social and structural level? What kind of narratives, cartographies and figurations account for the fractures and contradictions of our times? How to reinvent subjectivity when trying to make it compatible with mutating universes of value? How can art, cultural becomings and institutional practice be thought in terms of environmental sustainability in the postnatural and posthuman, technologically-mediated era of the Anthropocene.

Organised by Art, Globalization, Interculturality research group of the Universitat de Barcelona.

Link to symposium

Exhibition
Resolution is not the Point
Curated by Hemera collective
Photo50, London Art Fair
January 2018

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Installation view. Photo50, London Art Fair

Traces of Nitrate team exhibited the publication Trafficking the Earth.

Resolution is not the point considers photographic practices and images as a catalyst for interdisciplinary exchange and collective action. Photography, since the 19th century, has existed in and between traditionally defined boundaries of practice, from its use as a scientific apparatus to art – and back again, and it is this shifting landscape of contexts and definitions that the exhibition brings to the fore. The works are linked by this desire to draw upon the metamorphic nature of the photographic image. As practitioners continue to push the conceptual and technical boundaries of the many forms of photography and image-making; they are drawn to other specialisms and ways of working in order to communicate personal, social, and political ideas. From collaboratively produced research projects to artists that draw on the circulation of images, knowledge, and capital; Photo50 2018 examines vital directions in contemporary photographic practice.

Link to Traces of Nitrate
Link to Photo50

Artist Residency
Samernas, Swedish Sábme
December 2017 – January 2018

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Artist residency to conduct research on Litte ja Goabddá [Drones and Drums], a research project developed as part of the Drone Vision Research and Development Award.

Link to Samernas

Exhibition
Mapping Domeyko
In collaboration with Jakub Bojzcuk
Laznia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdánsk, Poland
8 December 2017 – 28 January 2018

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Installation view. Laznia, Centre for Contemporary Art, 2017

Mapping Domeyko is a project inspired by the expeditions of Ignacy Domeyko. Through a constellation of materials, including drawings, historical photographs, objects and new photographic series, the project builds a visual archive that speaks about the relationship between history, mineralogy and migration.

Based on My Travels (Diaries in Exile), the project maps out Domeyko’s global movements, exploring his blurred national identity between Chile, Lithuania and Poland.

Link to Laznia

Publication
Trafficking the Earth
Ignacio Acosta, Louise Purbrick and Xavier Ribas
ISBN: 978-0-9932245-3-9
Intuitive Editions, London – Editorial Gronefot, Santiago
Spanish and English
25.5 x 20.2 cm
96 pages, unbound
2017

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Trafficking the Earth publication

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Trafficking the Earth at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo [MAC], Santiago, Chile [08.09.2017 – 12.11.2017] and the symposium Visuality, Materiality and Mining held at MAC on the 08th of September 2017.

This publication is a 'folded exhibition' specially produced to distribute free among environmental activists, pressure groups, lawyers and school teachers in mining communities in Chile and the UK.

Capitalism changes everything. It has altered our relationship to the Earth. It has ripped lands apart, torn out their materials and hauled them over the surface of the world as the traffic between nations and within markets.

Extraction and export is the business of capital.

All forms of exchange are acts of appropriation but mining removes material that can never be replaced; taken, transformed and trafficked with no intent to repay.

Trafficking the Earth is a collaboration between photographers Xavier Ribas, Ignacio Acosta and an art historian, Louise Purbrick. Their collective research has documented the movement of mineral wealth of Chile into global markets and European landscapes. Nitrate and copper is their focus. The transformation of these natural resources into industrial materials draw desert and city, slag heap and country house, ruin and regeneration, landscape and archive, Chile and Britain, into the same circuit of capital.

Over the last five years Acosta, Purbrick and Ribas have encountered other artists, photographers, curators, translators and activists and worked alongside them sharing a concern with politics of documenting the inequalities of extractive industries.

Link to Traces of Nitrate website
Download PDF

Project Realisation Award
Hasselblad Foundation / Valand Academy
Gothenburg, Sweden
2017

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Commissioned to create work for the exhibition Drone Vision. Warfare, Surveillance, and Protest to be shown at The Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, from May 19 to September 16, 2018.

Drone Vision is a collaborative initiative of Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and the Hasselblad Foundation. It is part of a two-year research project, led by Dr. Sarah Tuck, exploring the affective meanings of drone technologies on photography and human rights.

The project has been developed through a partnership between Hasselblad Foundation and Valand Academy, in Gothenburg, Sweden; NiMAC (The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation) Nicosia, Cyprus and Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery, at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. Simultaneous exhibitions will open on May 18 with three commissioned photo based art works in each gallery exploring drones as a new camera consciousness within each city and region. The three exhibitions will also be brought together as a stand-alone ‘pop-up’ exhibition hosted as a permanent learning resource in each of the three galleries, with all arts works captioned in Swedish, English, Greek and Urdu.

As a first stage in the exhibition project at Hasselblad Center, a research and development award was granted to five artists. Based on the resulting research, three of these artists, Ignacio Acosta, Behjat Omer Abdulla, and Mhairi Sutherland, have now been granted a project realization award.

Link to Drone Vision Research

Symposium
Visuality, Materiality and Mining
Museo Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
8 September 2017

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A multidisciplinary symposium exploring the visual and material culture of mining industries in the Atacama Desert. The symposium is articulated around activism, environmentalism and artistic practices, discussing forms of engagement, resistance and representation of the environmental, social and political complexities of extractive industries in Chile. The symposium presents a timely critical analysis of the impact of contemporary and historical mining on Chilean landscapes and communities, in response to the work produced by the exhibition El Trafico de la Tierra presented by the Traces of Nitrate research team.

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Este simposio multidisciplinar propone explorar la cultura visual y material de las industrias mineras. Se articula en torno a la relación entre activismo, ecologismo y prácticas artísticas, examinando formas de participación, de resistencia y de representación de las complejidades ambientales, sociales y políticas de las industrias extractivas en Chile. El simposio presenta un oportuno análisis crítico del impacto de la minería contemporánea e histórica sobre los paisajes y las comunidades chilenas, en relación al la exhibición El tráfico de la Tierra presentada por el equipo de investigación del proyecto Traces of Nitrate.

Download Symposium Abstracts
See video documentation of the Symposium [No.1]
See video documentation of Symposium [No.2]

Exhibition
Trafficking the Earth [El tráfico de la Tierra]
Museo Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Ignacio, Acosta, Louise Purbrick, Xavier Ribas
7 September-12 November 2017

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Capitalism changes everything. It has altered our relationship to the Earth. It has ripped lands apart, torn out their materials and hauled them over the surface of the world as the traffic between nations and within markets.

Extraction and export is the business of capital.

All forms of exchange are acts of appropriation but mining removes material that can never be replaced; taken, transformed and trafficked with no intent to repay.

Trafficking the Earth is a collaboration between photographers Xavier Ribas, Ignacio Acosta and an art historian, Louise Purbrick. Their collective research has documented the movement of mineral wealth of Chile into global markets and European landscapes. Nitrate and copper is their focus. The transformation of these natural resources into industrial materials draw desert and city, slag heap and country house, ruin and regeneration, landscape and archive, Chile and Britain, into the same circuit of capital.

Over the last five years Acosta, Purbrick and Ribas have encountered other artists, photographers, curators, translators and activists and worked alongside them sharing a concern with politics of documenting the inequalities of extractive industries.

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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.

Our work is documentation. Photography is our 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.

The rupture of mining the Earth and trafficking in the Earth's substance sets in motion material transformation upon material transformation as the operations of industrialisation and the manipulations of commoditisation use up both land and labour: ore into metal, rock into chemical, chemical into commodity, metal into exchange, natural substance into industrial form, and finally into the arbitrary abstractions of the global market: only a value, merely a share price.

Once nitrate is dug into soil to feed cattle fodder or poured into the explosive mixtures that make dynamite, once copper disappears into cables encased in plastic and is embedded within the intricate internal wiring of lap tops and smart phones, only their market value appears to remain: they are capital; they have become capitalised forms, invisible as anything else.

But nothing ever really disappears. Every act of appropriation is found in the land: in ruins and residue. Ecological contamination is historical evidence. A trace. The entangled geographies of desert, port and city are also entwined histories. Trafficking the Earth traverses past and present, one folds into the other in constant transformation.

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Xavier Ribas' photography is a circumnavigation a nineteenth century photographic album, Oficina Alianza and the Port of Iquique 1899, a document of the extraction and export of nitrate from the Atacama Desert that was sent to the City of London offices of Antony Gibbs and Sons. Ribas' work considers the dynamic effects of nitrate by returning to sites of explosion wherein fragments of history of the violence of exploitation may be seen.

The mobilities of mined materials, once extracted from the Earth and compelled through corporate economies, is the subject of Ignacio Acosta's practice. His photography is an exploration of the global political ecology of copper mining that makes visible the buried connections between environmental contamination and capital accumulation.

Louise Purbrick's writing reflects upon materiality itself; she tries to capture the forms mining in words and thereby recognise the substance and complexity of the documents of capital.

Traces of Nitrate. Mining History and Photography Between Chile and Britain, is a research project developed by the authors at the University of Brighton, with the financial support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Link to Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC, Santiago

Research and Development Award
Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and Hasselblad Foundation
Gothenburg, Sweden
2017

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Research and development award granted to develop research on the the use of drone technologies as an infrastructure of protest by Sámi against the Gállak mining project in Norrbotten Country, Swedish Sábme

Link to Award

Solo Exhibition
Coquimbo & Swansea
National Waterfront Museum
Swansea
July-November 2017

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Site-specific installation of photographs and texts from series Coquimbo & Swansea, part of Copper Geographies.

From the late 1820s, copper ore was extracted from the Region of Coquimbo, northern Chile and smelted in the Lower Swansea Valley, Wales. Copper was mined from remote sites and brought by mule to Las Compañías, one of Chile’s first industrial metallurgical centres and where smelting processes had been established.

The ore and partly-smelted copper was shipped to the Lower Swansea Valley to be refined. The valley was heavily contaminated for more than two centuries, until the 1960s and 1970s when conservation work was carried out to reclaim polluted land.

These geopolitical tensions remain hidden in the photographs. By bringing these landscapes together, the artist wishes to reclaim historical connections and invites the viewer to imagine what is no longer there.

Robert Protheroe-Jones, Principal Curator of Industry at the Museum suggests: The Chili block found in the wreck of the S.S. Lapwing off the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. This steam ship sank on 1 July 1872 on a voyage from Liverpool to Rotterdam. Its cargo comprised Chili blocks, most of which were inscribed “Urmeneta y Guayacan”, and smaller ingots inscribed “Logan”.

The Chili blocks would have been smelted in the works of Jose Urmeneta & Company at Guayacan, Chile. They weighed up to 180kgs; the example acquired by the Museum weighs 70kgs. Chili blocks formed a major import to the south Wales copper smelting industry in the later nineteenth century as the industry changed increasingly from smelting ore to completing the smelting of regulus and to the refining part-smelted copper. This block was the first opportunity that the Museum had had to acquire a typical example of a Chili block.

The “Logan ingots” weighed around 6kgs each and were of the standard shape and dimensions of ingots produced by UK smelting works. A similar ingot inscribed “PG&S” (Pascoe Grenfell & Sons of Swansea) is displayed adjacent to your exhibition, and further ingots, inscribed “V&S A” (Vivian & Sons of Swansea) and “CCC BS” (Cape Copper Company of Briton Ferry near Swansea, best selected) are displayed in the Transformations gallery of the Museum. The “Logan” ingots would have been produced in the Birkenhead, Liverpool copper refinery owned by Logan & Company'.

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Artist talk
Saturday, 1 July, 11.30am at the National Waterfront Museum

Supported by National Waterfront Museum, Wales and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Download catalogue with written contributions by historians Dr Tehmina Goskar and minerologist Frank Vicencio Lopez published in conjunction with the exhibition – Welsh and English versions
Link to Exhibition, National Waterfront Museum

Conference paper
Mapping Domeyko
In collaboration with Jakub Bojczuk
215 Anniversary of Ignacio Domeyko
Lithuania Academy of Sciences
Vilnius, Lithuania
August 2017

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Mapping Domeyko: A visual arts project inspired by the expeditions of Ignacy Domeyko presents a selection of new works produced as part of ongoing research Mapping Domeyko conducted by Ignacio Acosta and Jakub Bojczuk. Since 2014 and based on Domeyko’s memoirs My Travels [Diaries in Exile], the artists have engaged in a series of journeys through the global trajectories of Domeyko in Belarus, Lithuania, France, Chile and Poland. The project builds an eclectic archive composed of drawings, historical photographs, objects, new photographic series and texts that reflect upon the global mobility of Domeyko, and political context in which he emigrated from Europe to Chile in 1838. This archive is organised in series and sequences that are presented as ongoing public engagement activities, such as exhibitions, publications and talks, attempting to provoke new ways of thinking in relation to notions of history, identity, mineralogy and visual arts.

This presentation focuses on a new sculptural piece titled The journeys of five rocks from Chile to Poland and other five from Poland to Chile (2017), produced in collaboration with Chilean artist Livia Marin. This work is based on an exchange of minerals facilitated by the artists in 2015, between two mineralogical museums where traces of Domeko’s expeditions can be found: the Museo Mineralógico Ignacio Domeyko, Universidad de La Serena, Chile and Muzeum Geologiczne Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków, Poland. In the journey from museum-to-museum, the minerals were subject to a series of studies, in which they were drawn, photographed, and multiplied by a system of moulding and casting that took place at the Academy of Fine Arts (ASP), Gdansk in July 2016.

Download paper published in conjunction with the exhibition

Artis Resideny
Serlachius-Museot
Finland
July 2017

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Research residency to explore the impact of non-renewable resources in the Nordic Countries.

Link to residency

Artist residency
Casa Feliza, Fundación Camara Oscura, Barranquilla, Colombia
29 April — 12 May 2017

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Artist residency to work on ongoing series Intuitive Projects. The project was developed in Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, northern Colombia, in the area of the Kogi people, a unique ethnic group who believe in 'Aluna' or 'The Great Mother' as the force behind nature.

Link to Fundación Camara Oscura

Publication
Artist residency Online publication
20 April 2017

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Fototazo asked a group of 50 curators, gallery owners, blog writers, photographers, academics and others actively engaged with Latin American photography to pick two early career photographers whose work deserves recognition.

This project aims to highlight great work being made in the region today and also to provide a starting point in both English and Spanish for exploring contemporary Latin American photography. LatAm f100 is a collaboration between fototazo and the photographer and educator Jaime Permuth.

The series Hidden Circuits (2015), developed as part of Copper Geographies selected by Marta Dahó.

'Ignacio Acosta, with "Copper Geographies", has developed a very meaningful project, for the geopolitical reflections he contributes as well as for the questions he poses regarding the challenges that photographers must confront in order to work on the drastic and dramatic transformations that a given territory experiences. How to photograph the interdependence of geographically distant events that occur almost simultaneously including such diverse realities as: labor, ecologies, social elements, politics...? With subtlety, but forcefulness, Acosta's work provides significant insight to the link between the effects of extractive industries and our way of moving and communicating with each other; dealing with the opacities of a system marked by the laws of the Capitalocene, despite the evident limits of the photographic medium'. Marta Dahó.

Link to online publication

Talk and roundtable
Landscapes of Abandonment
Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), Birkbeck University, UCL, London
6 April 2017

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Talk to accompany exhibition El Encanto by artist Freddy Dewe Mathews at the Peltz Gallery. Landscapes of Abandonment considers the histories of the Putumayo region in Colombia and the challenges of a critical artistic practice that interrogates the legacies of exploitative activities on abandoned places.

Link to round table

Artist talk and roundtable
Conflicted minerals and artistic practices
Artist talk and roundtable
Arts Catalyst, London
5 April 2017

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Invited to present Copper Geographies at a workshop that explored different ways in which artistic and cultural practices contribute to our understanding of the relationship between geological natural resources (their extraction and distribution) and conflict on multiple scales.

The workshop brought together artists, curators, film-makers and researchers that focus their practices on regions and communities where concentrations of natural critical materials - raw materials deemed essential by states for industry, technology and sustainable energy – are entwined with histories of conflict. The event enquires how can different modes of transdisciplinary research address complex systems of visual, cultural, societal, technological, ecological, economic and political forces? What type of aesthetics and conceptual approaches can narrate these contemporary global realities? What role do artists, film-makers and art academics play as active agents in the multidisciplinary discourse around the Anthropocene?

Link to workshop
Link to audio recording of the Conflict Minerals Workshop

Visiting lecturer
University of Leeds
15 February 2017

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University of Leeds

Invited by Andrea Thorma and Judith Tucker to discuss recent projects. Andrea and Judith are part of Land2, a research network focusing on the possibilities of landscape/place research based at the University of Leeds.

The lecture was accompanied by a workshop for students on research methodologies.

Link to Land2

Review
Los Paisajes de la Globalización
by Marta Dahó
Sociedad Fotográfica Alavesa, Vitoria, País Vasco, Spain
3 April 2017

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Si la concepción clásica del paisaje, cuya herencia pervive en muchas de los proyectos fotográficos actuales, contribuyó a naturalizar ideológicamente la dimensión desigual de las relaciones sociales, ocultando la realidad de los procesos históricos y conflictivos que la produjeron, ¿cuáles son los desafíos actuales provocados por las radicales transformaciones del territorio y su gestión transnacional? A través de diversos casos y referentes, en esta charla hablaremos de los retos y las problemáticas a los que se enfrenta la fotografía en su diálogo con los efectos de la globalización.

Marta Dahó es comisaria de exposiciones, investigadora y docente en diversas escuelas de fotografía Barcelona. Es miembro asociado del Grupo de Investigación Art Globalization and Interculturality (AGI) en la Universidad de Barcelona y desde 2012 desarrolla su tesis doctoral sobre Prácticas fotográficas y paisaje en la modernidad global. Entre sus proyectos curatoriales destacan la retrospectiva de Stephen Shore (Fundación Mapfre, 2014), Agroperifèrics (Centro Huarte, 2014), la retrospectiva de Graciela Iturbide (Fundación Mapfre, 2009), An idea of Europe (Festival Fotofreo, 2010) y Talent Latent (Festival Scan, 2008).

Link to Sociedad Fotográfica activity
Link to Marta Dahó profile

Visiting lecturer
Intuitive Projects
Guest performers mmmmm collective, Luna Montenegro and Adrian Fisher
Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, London
December 2016

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A talk exploring the work the Chilean-born, painter, poet, playboy and boxer, Álvaro Guevara Reimers (1894-1951).

'Álvaro Guevara moved to London in 1912 and won a scholarship to study at the Slade School of Fine Art. Having established himself as an artist, he was associated with the Bloomsbury circle. Eventually, despite his ambiguous sexual orientation, he married the painter Meraud Guinness, an inquisitive adventuress that was the elder daughter of multimillionaire banker Benjamin Guinness, part of the Guinness brewery clan. Guevara lived between Valparaiso, London, Paris and Aix-En-Provence. Most of his paintings were exhibited with some acclaim in the 1920s and 1930s. However, the majority of his body of work had been reduced to ashes when a bomb fell on December 9th, 1940 on the warehouses of James Bourlet & Sons, where Alvaro had arranged for it to be stored during the war. Three of Guevara’s surviving paintings are held in the Tate Gallery collection. Despite their tumultuously bohemian conjugal - yet mostly separated - life, when Álvaro became terminally ill with cancer, Meraud cared for him in her property ‘La Tour de Cesar’, near Aix-en-Provence, until he died in October 1951. In his last year of life he was composing a collection of prose poems in French. Guinness published it posthumously, in 1954, as a small edition of 400 copies, titled ‘Dictionnaire Intituif’. The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wanted to translate the text into Spanish but died before this could happen'. (Extract from piece written by Federica Chiocchetti (The Photocaptionist) and published on Unseen Magazine, Amsterdam, 2015)

Intuitive Project is a platform directed by Ignacio Acosta devoted to exploring the work of Álvaro Guevara. The project proposes a fictional encounter with Guevara through an imaginary archive. Facts and fiction are intertwined through the fusion of original archival materials with constructed re-interpretations and the idea of re-enacting his life and personality.

Link to mmmmm collective
Link to Slade School of Fine Arts

Ph.D thesis
The Copper Geographies of Chile and Britain: A Photographic Study of Mining
University of Brighton
December 2016

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The Copper Geographies of Chile and Britain: A Photographic Study of Mining is a practice-based thesis is a study of the uneven geographical development of Chilean copper mining industry and the circulation of copper in Britain.

Supervisors Dr. Louise Pubrick and Xavier Ribas

My research examines three key historical moments in a pattern of ‘de-nationalisation,’ a term identified by Sassen (2003), of the copper resources of Chile: (1) 1840–1880; (2) 1904–1969; and (3) 1981–today, in which resources have been transferred from public to private management. In my research, I use a combination of photographic and historical methodologies to explore the impact of those processes on the extractive ecologies of Chile and to connect them to the global geographies of London, Liverpool and Swansea. My thesis considers how photography can be used to propose a re-mapping of the relationship between the global and the local, the national and the transnational, making visible the hidden geopolitical forces that shape the mobile and unequal geographies of copper.

My doctoral investigation explores the global circulation of copper and its agency to produce geographical and political change. With the aim of revealing their close connections and networks, it examines the notion of ‘unequal geography’ established by Baran (1957) and the newer ‘mobility paradigm’ proposed by Sheller and Urry (2006). I follow the flow of copper, in Held’s words, ‘across space and time’ (1999), creating a constellation of photographs and texts about the transformation and mutation of copper as it traverses the world, exploring traces of extraction, smelting, manufacture, transport and trade processes across geographies. In doing so, I open ways of thinking about how landscape carries traces of those processes, bringing to the fore the significance of photographic intervention in highlighting them.

The photographic research conducted during this investigation is organised in three lines of inquiry: Global mobility of copper; Post-industrial landscapes; and Contemporary mining industry and its relation to London. The first, Global mobility of copper comprises four visual essays presented together this written thesis: Sulphiric Acid Route (2012), 'Metallic Threads' (2010-2015), High Rise (2012) and 'Hidden Circuits' (2015). These works explore the mutation and transformation of hard-rock mining, back and forth from Chile to Britain from raw material to capital; through ore, smelted commodity, stock market exchanged value, assembled material and waste. The second, Post industrial landscapes, is explored through two case studies. The first of these is Coquimbo&Swansea (2014), which studies forgotten historical mining connections between Coquimbo, Chile and the Lower Swansea Valley, Wales between 1840 and 1880. This is followed by Miss Chuquicamata, the Slag (2012), which examines the Chuquicamata corporate town, Antofagasta Region, Chile and its contested history. The third line of inquiry, Contemporary mining industry and its relation to London involves two case studies. It opens with Antofagasta plc, Stop Abuses! (2010–14), which connects contemporary struggles of the inhabitants of Pupio Valley with the City of London, the world’s centre for mining investment. This line of investigation concludes with the site-specific studies LME Invisible Corporate Network (2011–15), which examines the London Metal Exchange within the City of London, using mapping methodologies. These case studies can also be used to map the three periods of denationalisation of copper resources in Chile.

My photographic work is based on extensive photographic fieldwork in each geographical location, conducted over the last four years, as well as my two years as an activist photographer. Through my written thesis I seek to make visible the historical conditions that are central to the formation of the geographies of copper. Both aspects of my work are informed by the notion of ‘critical realism’ coined by Georg Lukács (1963) and developed later by Allan Sekula (1984). Alongside these case studies, my written thesis contains photographic examples of my practice so as to give insight into my research process.

This thesis has been produced as part of Traces of Nitrate: Mining history and photography between Britain and Chile, a research project developed in collaboration with Art and Design historian Louise Purbrick and photographer Xavier Ribas, based at the University of Brighton and funded by with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Download PhD thesis
Link to researcher profile

Link to Traces of Nitrate website
Link to Dr. Louise Purbrick profile
Link to Xavier Ribas website


Ecologías Mutantes symposium
by Marta Dahó
MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona
1 December 2016

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Curator, writer and researcher Marta Dahó presents a paper titled Like a rolling stone; Rastreos y transmutaciones de lo mineral desde las prácticas artísticas in which, three bodies of work were used to map new photographic research practices dealing with the extractive industries: 'Copper Geographies' (2010-2015), Ignacio Acosta; 'Tudela' (2014), Jorge Yeregui; and 'Symton' (2013), Regina de Miguel.

Download abstract
Link to symposium

Link to Marta Dahó profile

Collection
Miss Chuquicamata, the Slag
Fundación FAVA, Santiago, Chile
September 2016

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Donation of artowork Miss Chuquicamata, the Slag to collection of contemporary art for educational purposes. Selected by Pablo León de la Barra, curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The artwork consists of 56 framed photographs of the corporate mining town of Chuquicamata copper mine, which is located in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The donation is accompanied by a bilingual essay with the political history of the site.

FAVA foundation holds a collection of contemporary art, through which encourages education, philanthropy, heritage, and collecting. In partnership with diverse public and private institutions, the foundation creates flexible programs that stimulate and encourage cross-community integration.

The work was exhibited and published during Feria Ch.ACHO, Santiago's leading contemporary art fair alongside other pieces from the collection of FAVA.

Download essay accompanying this piece – English version
Descargar texto que acompaña la pieza – versión en Castellano
Link to FAVA collection

Group exhibition and publication
Arena
Noorderlicht Photofestival
Museum Belvédère Heerenveen, The Netherlands
22 May - 3 July 2016

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Sites-specific installation at photography festival that casts a forensic look at the traces left behind in the landscape. Through a twenty one photographic works, the exhibition and publication examine the impact of man on the landscape.

Link to exhibition 'Arena', Noorderlicht Photofestival

Artist in residency
Mapping Domeyko
With artist Livia Marín and Jakub Bojczuk
Academy of Fine Arts / Łaźnia, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland
July 2016

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Artist residency to develop an installation for upcoming exhibition Mapping Domeyko at Łaźnia, Centre for Contemporary Art. The work was developed at Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. It consisted of the preproduction in plaster of a series of rocks resulting from a mineral exchange between the mineralogical museums of the Universidad de La Serena, Chile and Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. The original rocks are currently part of the Museums collections.

With the kind support of Academy of Fine Arts and Łaźnia.

Link to Łaźnia website
Link to Academy of Fine Arts website
Link to artist Livia Marin website

Review
Veronica Posada MA thesis
A visual Economy of London — South America
University of Westminster, London
May 2016

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This thesis analyses social dynamics related to the work of four photographers — Julio Etchart, Eva Sajovic, Ignacio Acosta and Marcelo Brodsky — whose visual proposals have been travelling between South America and London as a transcultural memory device, representing communities and social issues related to trans-Atlantic cultural practices.

Download thesis

New website
Traces of Nitrate
University of Brighton
2016

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Traces of Nitrate website

Traces of Nitrate team launches new website.

Link to Traces of Nitrate website

Conference paper
Traffic: movement / place / flow / mobility
Plymouth University
Plymouth
15 April 2016

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Presented Copper Geographies at a conference that seeks to explore the symbiotic relation of artists’ activities and an understanding of the ways in which place might be conceived in relation to flows, traffic and mobility.

An important aspect of the conference explored the ways in which contemporary artworks understand both place and subjectivity as shifting concepts and to examine what agency that an artist or group of artists may have in regard to this fluid notion of place.

Download conference programme
Conference abstract
Link to conference

Talk
Artists in the Field – Ephemeral Landscapes and Experimental Geographies symposium
Parasol unit, foundation for contemporary art, London
16 January 2016

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Organised by the Temporary School of Experimental Geography (TSOEG).

Took part in a symposium which considers the wider role of fieldwork in contemporary arts practice, including themes of exploration in Julian Charriere's work. A panel of artists (Ignacio Acosta, Luce Choules, Andrew Ranville, Corinne Silva, and Emma Smith) shared insights into their research, personal fieldwork methodologies, and artist-led expeditions. A discussion opened up to examine artistic practice in the landscape, reflecting on the ways artists are redefining the geographic narratives of place, site and encounter.

Link to TSOEG events

Galería AFA, Santiago Chile
Artist talk
'Intuitive Projects'
21 December 2015

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Señor and Señora Alvaro Guevara in their Studio. Tatler Magazine, 30 April 1930.

Deliver talk at a leading gallery of contemporary art in Santiago for art collectors, curators and public in general.

Link to Galería AFA

MA Photography, Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile
Artist talk
'Copper Geographies, Intuitive Projects and Mapping Domeyko'
15 December 2015

IA_Copper_Archive_Stamp-Nationalisation

Stamp commemorating the nationalisation of copper by Salvador Allende, 1971.

Deliver presentation for MA students of Photography invited by writer and curator Andrea Josh

Link to university website

Artist talk
Mapping Domeyko
In collaboration with Jakub Bojczuk
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
London
15 November 2015

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Invited by present the project Mapping Domeyko to Explore2015: Expedition and Fieldwork by The Temporary School of Experimental Geography (TSOEG) at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) annual fieldwork and expedition planning weekend.

Link to TSOEG events

Interview
Fototazo
Colombia
October 2015

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An interview by Latin American photography journal on the series Copper Geographies.

Link to interview

Publication
Beyond Gated Communities
Edited by Samer Bagaeen, Ola Uduku
Routledge, London
2015

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Beyond Gated Communities publication

4,000 words essay titled Urban Gating in Chile – Chuquicamata: a corporate mining town: bounded territory within a territory with photographs and texts was published in Beyond Gated Communities publication. Amongst the international contributors addressing notions of bounded communities, modern communications and networks of influence, is Sasskia Sassen, who wrote the book’s preface.

Link to publication

Review
A love affair between photographs and words
by Federica Chiocchetti's (The Photocaptionist)
Unseen Magazine, Amsterdam
September 2015

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Unseen Magazine

Curator and writer Federica Chiocchetti features Intuitive projects on Unseen Magazine.

Download PDF
Link to The Photocaptionist website

Group exhibition and publication
Depresiones Intermedias
Parque Cultural Cerro Carcel, Valparaíso 
September-November 2015

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Installation view. Depresiones Intermedias

Site-specific installation Antofagasta Plc., Stop Abuses!. consisting of: a 1x2m wooden table; five photographs; a four-page document published by United Nations explaining the violations of the water rights and security of the communities of Caimanes by the mining company of Los Pelambres; and lastly, a 60 page bound book consisting of a report on the 603 tailings in Chile, published by Sernageomin. These factual materials were presented at the same height as the photographs so as to be examined by the viewers.

This group exhibition was curated by Rodolfo Andaur, and was centred around the notion of 'Depresión Intermedia', an expression which denominates the Chilean transverse valleys, a group of valleys in the semi-arid north of Chile, which ‘transverse’ the country from the Andres Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The exhibition theme explored different artists’ approaches to this geographical configuration, with an emphasis on works that address political, social and environmental issues.

Link to exhibition

Conference paper
The mobile mineral collections of Ignacy Domeyko
Conference paper
in collaboration with Jakub Bojczuk
Portable Landscapes: Environments on the Move
Durham University
9-10 June 2015

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Landscapes are ways of framing and shaping the environment for aesthetic, social, political and economic purposes. In their ambivalent configuration, they stand for both an actual tract of land, crafted by nature or human intervention, and its visual or verbal representation. Within this framework, recent scholarship has turned the attention toward the production of material landscape objects that make environments physically move through time and space. The mimetic gesture that transforms a given environment into a ‘landscape object’ dovetails with a multifaceted range of emotional attachments, mnemonic associations and symbolic attributions that allows us to possess a place imaginatively and creatively. In their radical reduction and vernacular configuration, these objects provide us with worlds in miniature, able to exercise their own agency – objects that we can put in our bags, stick in our pockets or hold in our hands. In crafting, collecting, displaying and sharing landscape objects, we create landscape communities figuratively pinned on a physical or mental map.

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Network
Temporary School of Experimental Geography (TSOEG)
2015

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TSOEG website

Temporal School of Experimental Geography is an itinerant network of artists sharing ideas and responses to landscape through fieldwork, founded and coordinated by artist Luce Choules, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

The multimedia platform considers the geographic potential of artist-led fieldwork, and the experience and meaning of these practices to contribute to our collective understanding of the notion of place. TSOEG brings together artists working across a range of disciplines and geographic environments, to discuss fieldwork as methodology, parallel activity, art form, and research. The activities of the TSOEG network will be shared through presentations, publications, and exhibitions.

Link to TSOEG

Review
European Prospects
2015

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Review on a plarform exploring questions of European identity and experience through contemporary photography.

Link to European Prospects

University of Brighton
Symposium
Visuality, Materiality and Mining
University of Brighton
25 June 2015

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Visuality, Materiality and Mining Symposium

Multidisciplinary symposium hosted by the Traces of Nitrate Project. The symposium explores the visual and material culture of mining industries. Hosted by the Traces of Nitrate project at the University of Brighton, in conjunction with The Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex.

Speakers: Ignacio Acosta, Mabe Bethonico, Ursula Biemann, Vinita Damodaran, Gareth Hoskins, Carlos Larrea, David Paton, Godofredo Pereira, James Ryan, Tim Strangleman

Link to symposium

Exhibition
Intuitive Projects
Wild Pansy Press Project Space, University of Leeds
Exhibition in collaboration with Luna Montenegro & Adrian Fisher
10 March - 10 April 2015

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The exhibition proposes an audio-visual installation as a fictional encounter with the artist Álvaro Guevara (1894-1951). Reflecting on notions of migration, memory and time, the exhibition invites the viewer to examine the artist through a collection of his personal photographs and some of his writings.

The photographic album titled Sun&Shadow, depicts the artist’s family life in Valparaíso, Harrogate and around Europe between 1900 and 1915. One of his texts The Intuitive Dictionary (1951) has been used as a score to create a publication and sound work especially for this exhibition by Luna Montenegro and Adrian Fisher.

Álvaro Guevara was a Chilean-born, painter, poet, playboy and boxer who studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and was associated with the Bloomsbury set. Most of his painted work was exhibited with some acclaim in the Twenties and Thirties was destroyed in the bombing of London during World War II. Some of his surviving paintings are held in the collection of the Tate Britain Museum.

Dictionnaire Intuitif was written in French by Guevara in 1951 Aix-En-Provence, France and published in 1954 by his wife Meraud Guinness. The Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda intended to translate the text into Spanish but died before he was able to realise the work.

Link to Wild Pansy Press Project Space

Publication
Research News
Centre for Research and Development (CRD)
University of Brighton
2015

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Research News

A selection of texts and photographs from the series 'Copper Geographies' was highlighted on the CRD's magazine.

Link to CRD

Performance lecture
Looking for Alvaro Guevara (1894-1951), a Chilean-born painter, poet, playboy and boxer
PARC
London College of Communication, London
Performance lecture with poetic intervention of mmmmm collective
Programmed by PARC Research Fellow Corinne Silva
3o January 2015

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Performance lecture to present a slide projection of Alvaro Guevara’s unseen photographic family album Sun&Shadow and a performance-reading by mmmmm collective, Adrian Fisher and Luna Montenegro based on a small edition of unfinished poems, Dictionanaire Intituif (1954).

Press release

Publication
Observatorio Cultural
Consejo de la Cultura, Santiago, Chile
December 2014

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Observatorio Cultural, Ministerio de la Cultura, Chile

Insert from the series Copper Geographies on a monthly publication from the Chilean Ministry of Culture.

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Publication
Paisajes Tarapaqueños
Rodolfo Andaur
Metales Pesados, Chile
2015

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Publication of photograph from the series High-rise.

Link to Rodolfo Andaur website

Radical walking tour
in collaboration with Louise Purbrick
The Bluecoat, Liverpool
17 May 2015

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A walking tour around the former banking sector of Liverpool was conducted in collaboration with Louise Purbrick The walking tour followed the points of interest highlighted on a map created during the time at the Bluecoat. The tour stopped at Derby Square, Albion House, Martins Bank, and finally, the Royal Exchange, to reveal the forgotten links between Liverpool and Latin America in the nineteenth century. One particular highlight of this tour was the mosaic on the floor of the entrance to Albion House, laid by the Pacific Steam Navigation Co., which provided crucial commercial links between Europe and South America in the late 19th century.

Link to the event

Conversation
with Louise Purbrick
The Bluecoat, Liverpool
17 May 2015

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A conversation with Louise Purbrick as culmination of the research residency at LOOK Festival held at The Bluecoat. An hour-long talk was given to a local audience about the photographic work and research developed during this PhD as well as the outcomes of the research conducted about nineteenth-century trading routes of copper in Liverpool and their connections to Chilean extractions sites.

Link to actitity

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Artist in Residency
LOOK/15 International Festival
Liverpool
March-May 2015

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The artist residency was part of the activities of Traces of Nitrate project in collaboration with LOOK Festival and the Bluecoat, Liverpool. It was set up to research and map forgotten relationships between Liverpool and Chile in the copper mining industry. For the first two weeks of the residency, archival research was conducted at Liverpool Central Library and Maritime Museum. From this research, I obtained a list of companies involved in Liverpool’s copper trade at the time of the opening of the London Metal Exchange in 1877, which formed the basis for the construction of an open source electronic map which was later translated into a printed map.

An interactive version of the map can be found on this Link

During the second and third weeks, photographic works were taken in Liverpool’s former banking centre, looking for elements containing copper, such as banking doors or electric cables, the North Docks outside Henry Bath industrial warehouse, and in Sudley House, built with the fortune of merchant magnate George Holt. I searched for elements containing copper in the city and within the building, such as electric plugs, or within bronze decorative elements of the architecture. The outcomes of the residency were compiled on the blog of the festival as well as a series of reviews by Cameron Proctor on the series:

Link to review of 'Miss Chuquicamata, the Slag'
Link to review of Coquimbo & Swansea
Link to review of Antofagasta Plc., Stop Abuses!
Link to festival blog

Funded by LOOK Festival, Traces of Nitrate project and the Chilean Ministry of Culture through FONDART.

Group exhibition and publication
Copper Geographies
Biennial of the end of the world, Argentina
December 2014 — January 2015

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Installation view.Biennial of the end of the world, Argentina, 2015

Site-specific installation consisting of 40 photographs from the series Copper Geographies. The overall installation highlighted the polarisation between the remote extraction sites and the sites of consumption in Britain, which fit into the overall title of the biennial Contrasts and Utopias. Four other artists working political subjects in the same room were Juan Delgado, Omar Castañeda, Regina José Galindo and Rafael Gomezbarros.

Link to Biennial

Interview
Mapping the Zone
Cien Ojos Latinos, Guatemala
2015

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Cien Ojos Latinos webiste

Interview by Alejandro Media for Cien Ojos Latinos, Latin American platform for photography.
Link to website

Conference paper
Photography and Politics and the Politics of Photography
Conference of Photography and Theory, Cyprus
5 December 2014

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The paper Copper Geography: Photography and the politics of representation of the mining industries examines the dynamic relationship between photographic representation and the extractive industries. It utilised the series Antofangasta Plc., Stop Abuses! as point of departure for a series of questions. How can environmental and political struggles arising from natural resource industries be mediated through photographic representation? In the context of the series of images presented on this occasion, how can photography be used to re-articulate the relation between the local and the global, the national and the transnational?

These questions were raised in the context of the 3rd Conference of Photography organised by The International Association and Photography and Theory (IAPT) on the island of Cyprus and centred on the relationship between Photography-Theory. I was part of ‘Post-colonial Perspectives: Photography and the “Global” Economies’ panel.

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Exhibition
Mining Drawings
Feria Ch.ACO, Galería AFA, Santiago de Chile
October 2014

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Mining Drawing, 2014

3 drawings from the series Mining Drawings exhibited at AFA gallery, during Ch.ACO, contemporary Art Fair based in Santiago.

Artist talk
Fotografía y Patrimonio Minero: Los antiguos circuitos mundiales del cobre, Chile-Inglaterra en el siglo diecinueve [Photography and mining heritage: Global circuits of copper exchange: Chile, Britain in the nineteenth century]
Cultural Santa Inés, La Serena, Chile
29 June 2014

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The talk in the former mining region of Coquimbo. The focus of my presentation was centered on the series 'Coquimbo&Swansea' and aimed to open discussions around the role of photography as a medium for re-reading mining histories. The talk was organised by Corpatrimonio, an institution devoted to the conservation of nineteenth century mining heritage in the region of Coquimbo.

Publication
Toxic Forest
Quadern de les arts i les lletres, No195, Barcelona
2014

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Photography insert on Spanish magazine from the series Antofantagasta Plc. Stop Abuses!. The text aims to unsettle the aesthetic experience of the photograph. It reads as Aquest es un bosc toxic [This is a Toxic Forest].

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Artist Residency
Dispositivo 2/Plataforma Editable
17-25 June 2014

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Dispositivo 2/Plataforma Editable flyer

The yearly residency is conceived as point of cultural and artistic exchange between artists and curators and local Chilean Audiences. I was invited because of my PhD investigation of the transformation of the Atacama Desert by the copper mining industry. It is organised by the curator, Rodolfo Andaur, who works from Iquique, at the heart of the Atacama Desert and is funded by Chilean Ministry of Culture. For the 2014 residency, the participants were: the curators, Soledad García and Lorenzo Sandoval, as well as the artists Benjamin Ossa and I. The project was structured as an artists’ residency. It involved a series of fieldwork investigations and workshops/lectures with local artists. The work had a strong impact as the regions where the activities took place are major mining zones. In addition to the activities, during this residency I conducted a photographic work, Chanavaya, of a former guano extraction zone in the Tarapacá Region, a work which has been featured in the TSOEG website.

Guano provides a rich source of fertilizer. For centuries, guano and the birds that produce it played a crucial role in the cultural activities of indigenous communities of Latin America, who were concerned with the fertility of the land and sea. During the industrial revolution, guano helped the increasing farming intensive needs in many parts of the earth as well as the imperial aspirations of European power. The appropriation of guano deposits was the main reason of the first international conflict of the industrial age fought almost entirely over a natural resource, the War of Pacific (1879-84).

These remote extractive geographies witnessed the suicides committed by hundreds of Cantonese slaves because of harsh working conditions of the working environment. Today, instead of guano, workers from Peru and Bolivia collect ‘huiros’, an algae which is exported mainly to Asian Markets, such as China and Japan for the cosmetic and food industries.

Link to Rodolfo Andaur website

University of Brighton 
Conference
‘Beyond Gated Communities Research Conference'
26-28 May 2013

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From the series 'Miss Chuquicamata, the Slag' (from 'Copper Geographies'), Chuquicamata, 2012.

An international and interdisciplinary research network on "gated housing estates as an international phenomenon" was established in 1999 in order to facilitate the exchange of information between academics working in this field. Beyond Gated communities seeks to contribute to the ongoing discourse on the Gated Community as a ubiquitious addition to urban life across the globe.

The paper 'Miss Chuquicamata, the slag: disputed mining settlement between foreign capital and national identity' discusses the material legacy of the Chilean copper mining industry in the gated corporate mining town of Chuquicamata. Through photographs and an analysis of urban structure, the presentation suggested a parallel between modular architecture and ideas of modernisation, and the ruins as a symbol of their disintegration. This Research Conference was organised around the notion of the ‘gated’ as a contemporary condition of urban life across the globe.

Conderence programme

Conference paper
Miss Chuquicamata: disputed mining settlement between foreign capital and national identity
TrAIN: Re-Contested Sites/Sights Conference University of the Arts, London
’Re-Contested Sites/Sights
8 May 2013

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Second Doctoral student-led research conference sponsored by the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity, and Nation (TrAIN). The theme revolved around sites of conflict and the politics raised by their visual representation. The keynote speech was given by the art historian and cultural critic T.J. Demos, who has been a major source of knowledge for this thesis.

The paper Miss Chuquicamata: disputed mining settlement between foreign capital and national identity explores the contested history of Chuquicamata, once the world’s largest known deposit of copper. Through archival photographs and new visual documentations, it opens an imaginary space to make visible the repercussions of denationalisation of natural resources on the Chilean the social and environmental fabric of the country.

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Professional network
Ph: The Photography Research Network, London
2013

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Ph: The Photography Research Network was established in 2010 as a research forum for early career scholars working in the field of photography. Since its establishment, the Ph network has gathered scholars from many institutions across the UK. The diverse interests of the group’s members are reflected in the heterogeneous character of the discussions in monthly meetings held at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, where participants have an opportunity to present their research and current projects in an atmosphere of intellectual rigour and peer support.

The significance of this initiative was acknowledged with the award of the AHRC Student-led Initiatives Grant under the auspices of the Beyond Text Programme (2010-2011). This grant allowed us to establish a dedicated website as a means of extending the group’s activities by opening the discussion to a wider community of researchers, specialists and members of the public. A selection of papers published online is available in the Work in Progress section of this website.

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Group exhibition
Surface Exposure
Brighton Gallery, University of Brighton
16-24 July 2013

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Installation Surface Exposure, University of Brighton by artist Ignacio Acosta

Installation view. Surface Exposure, 2013

Together with other four researchers exploring the medium of photography, takes part in a group exhibition curated by Johanna Lowry, a site-specific installation of the series Copper Geographies was presented.

Each of the works bodies of work has at its heart a concern with the way in which the surface of the photograph mediates and communicates information about the world. Nothing is certain here; the photograph is never fixed. It is always in the process of being formed, given shape by a complex dialogue between operations of desire and the technologies of production'. Johanna Lowry.

Link to exhibition

Network
Arte Sur
France
2013

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Invited to join Arte Sur, an artists and professional contemporary art network of Latin America based in Paris.

Link to Arte Sur

Week of events
Traces of Nitrate
Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies
History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, Birkbeck, University of London
March 2013

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As part of Traces of Nitrate team, Louise Purbrick, Xavier Ribas and I took part in a week of events at the School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, including a seminar, a workshop, an exhibition of work in progress, and a gallery talk, 11th -15th March 2013.

Seminar
Monday 11th March 2013

This one day symposium, organised by the Traces of Nitrate team, brought together artists, photographers, geographers and historians. The academics engaged in investigations of the material and visual culture of mining, with a particular focus on global inequalities and how it affects to peoples and the environment

Chilean nitrate, once highly prized mineral, was at the centre of the relationship between Britain and Chile from the middle of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth. This paper, an outcome of a collaboration between an art historian and photographers, intends to open a debate about the neglect and importance of the history of nitrate. The ‘trace’ of the paper’s title refers to our process of delineating the circuit of nitrate wealth from mines in Atacama desert to City of London merchant houses and global corporations. ‘Trace’ also refers to nitrate’s physical remains: the trace as material form, fragile and fragmented. We examine traces in archives of a British academic, in surfaces of abandoned nitrate mines and in the structures of copper mining.

My 20 minute paper discussed the work developed for this PhD with an specific focus on the relationship between the series Antofagasta Plc., Stop Abuses! and LME Invisible Corporate Network.

Exhibition
Traces of Nitrate: Some documents
11th - 15th March 2013

An exhibition of film and photographic work that examines the past and present economic relationships constituted through mining in Chile.

Gallery talk and workshop
Friday 15th March 2013

This postgraduate workshop discussed the role of photography in the process of research, documentation and story telling of contested sites and histories.

Link to events

Symposium
Critical Urban Ecology: Urban Territories symposium
University of Brighton
2013

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Miss Chuquicamata, the Slag explores the photographic work developed in Chuiquicamata mining town, alongside the political history of the site. The Symposium examined the notion of urban ecology, with speakers exploring different approaches to political, cultural and ecological matters.

Link to symposium
Link to DLR

Doctoral Award
Copper Geographies as part of Traces of Nitrate research project
Arts and Humanities Research Council
2012

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Doctoral Award as part of the research project Traces of Nitrate Research to develop an practice-based PhD about copper.

Link to Award
Link to Student Profile, University of Brighton

Bi-personal exhibition
On the Verge: Epiphanies on the Commute
in collaboration with writer John Millar
Blank Gallery, Brighton
2010

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Individual Exhibition
Mapping the Zone
Galeria Moro, Santiago, Chile
December 2010

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Group Exhibition
Mapping the Zone
This is Not a Getaway Festival
2010

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Mapping the Zone was presented at the 2010 edition of This is Not a Getaway Festival, which focused on business districts. The event posed a contemporary interrogation of spaces, by a spectrum of disciplines and approaches, is vital as the current crisis of capitalism can be traced throughout these ‘financial service centres'.

Symposium
Santa María de Iquique: Una Arqueología de la Violencia
Universidad Uniacc
9 June 2009

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Introduction of album of photographs Salitreras de Tarapacá by Louis Boudat (1889) during a symposium organised by Traces of Nitrate team at UNIACC University, Santiago.

Speakers: Andrea Jösch, Claudia Robles, Ignacio Acosta, Manuela Badilla, Pablo Artaza and Xavier Ribas. Organized by University of Brighton and UNIACC University.

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Facilitar una discusión multidisciplinaria sobre los vínculos entre fotografía y memoria en el marco de la representación de la violencia y debatir sobre los mecanismos de representación, significación, sedimentación y transmisión de la memoria histórica a través del patrimonio fotográfico, son algunos de los temas de discusión en el marco del foro / debate Santa María de Iquique: Arqueología de la Violencia.

Organizado por University of Brighton y la Universidad de Las Comunicaciones UNIACC, el debate será moderado por la socióloga Claudia Robles, y el panel estará conformado por: Andrea Jösch, fotógrafa y directora de la Escuela de Artes Visuales & Fotografía de UNIACC; Ignacio Acosta, artista-investigaor de la Universidad de Brighton, Manuela Badilla, psicóloga Flacso; Pablo Artaza, historiador de Universidad de Chile; Xavier Ribas, fotógrafo y profesor de la Universidad de Brighton.

El foro que tendrá una duración aproximada de una hora, tendrá como temas principales la historia de la fotografía Chilena como imagen de colonización y encargo de la República, elementos analíticos para la comprensión de los procesos de memoria colectiva de pasados violentos, además de los principales acontecimientos históricos y sociales vinculados a la matanza de la Escuela Santa María de Iquique entre otros.

Link to Traces of Nitrate website

Artist residency
Portraits Now
Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent
2009

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Commissioned by artist Emily Campbell to create a series portrait of NHS staff at Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, at times when the institution was going through a major redevelopment.

Group exhibition and publication
Between the Hallucinatory and the Real
MA Photography photography show, University of Brighton
2009

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Displayed sites-specific installation of Mapping the Zone: Reflections on Global Capital for MA photography degree show.

Group exhibition
Coded
Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton
2008

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Presented an installation of White City at a group exhibition exploring coded landscapes that form a backdrop for abandonment, migration and war. All five artists (Ignacio Acosta, Clive Egginton, John Angerson, Corinne Silva and Casey Orr) use their work to ask questions but refuse to accept the banner-headline answers we're surrounded by. Some of the images in Coded are peopled, somes are not; all try to offer a response to the myths, dreams and lies of this shiny new world.

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Group Exhibition
A to Z
Curated by Alexia Tala
Museum Man, Liverpool Biennial of Independents
2006

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Collaborative video art piece and photograph developed with Alejandro Moreno Jashés and Giuliano Cavalli for an exhibition at Museum Man. Curated by Alexia Tala.

Link to Man museum