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Litte ja Goabddá [Drones and Drums]


Burning Machine festival, Gállak, Swedish Sápmi, 2017 © Ignacio Acosta

In the film installation Litte ja Goabddá [Drones and Drums] and photo series Giesse [Summer] Ignacio Acosta addresses the uses of drones by the Sami as an indigenous perspective and resistance to the mining exploration at Gállak in Jokkmokk. Based on research visits and close collaboration with activists and Sami families living and working in the area threatened by the mines, the project explores the link between drums and drones as navigation and communication tools. Commissioned by Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and Hasselblad Foundation as part of Drone Vision

Drone Vision: Surveillance, Warfare, Protest
May 19–September 16, 2018
The Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg

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.

As a curatorial research project Drone Vision is further developed through a partnership with 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 2018 at The Hasselblad Center, NiMAC Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery with three commissioned photo based art works in each gallery exploring drones as a new camera consciousness within each city and region.

Link to Drone Vision

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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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