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Mapping Domeyko

Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
5 December 2017 – 28 January 2018.
A project developed in collaboration with Jakub Bojczuk.

Mapping Domeyko is an attempt to reconstruct the adventures and endeavours of Polish mineralogist, Ignacy Domeyko by mapping his global trajectory and visiting key biographical sites. Based on his diaries titled My Travels: Memoirs of an Exile, Jakub and I engaged in a series of journeys through Argentina, Belarus, Chile, France, Lithuania and Poland.

A citizen of the world, Domeyko was born within the Russian partition of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1802. He moved to Chile in 1838, invited by the Chilean government, to establish a mineralogical school and ended up being a fundamental cultural resource for the country.

The body of work builds an eclectic visual archive that speaks about the relationship between history, mineralogy and migration.

The exhibition is composed of nine works, that are presented in the form of archival materials, drawings, moving images, objects, photographs and texts.

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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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