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Hidden Circuits (2015)

This series explores manufactured objects that contain copper within one of Liverpool's finest painting collections, which includes mayor Pre-Raphaelite works. This is the original collection, which George Holt (1825-1896) assembled through the trade of copper ore and other raw materials that helped boost Britain’s industrial expansion during the 19th century.

Merely looking at the collection gives no indication of how it was acquired or which capitalist networks it originated from: the broader economic and labour conditions in which copper was extracted, smelted and distributed; the impact on the social ecologies of mineral resource exploitation and the powers that controlled them.

The photographic intervention focuses on the relationship between copper circuits and fragments of the collection, raising questions on the hidden dynamics between the two.

Filed under: Copper Geographies

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Im a Chilean born, London based visual artist and researcher. My practice explores and reflects on the geo-political power dynamics in mineral industries, geographies and historical narratives. My interconnected research projects involve extensive historical research, fieldwork, the collection of archival materials, new photographic documentation with large format cameras and diverse forms of mapping. My work develops using site-specific working methodologies.

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