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Pedimento Minero (2019)

Borders, fences and walls mediate the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Milestones carry the logic of appropriation and exploitation: demarcation is the action that transforms the landscape into a territory. Concrete and stone monoliths mark the mining exploration and exploitation concessions at Parque Andino Juncal, a privately protected area located in the Valparaíso Region, where the Aconcagua River is born. These milestones have transformed a protected area into a disputed territory fought between conservation and exploitation, wildlife and extractivism.

Pedimento Minero (2010) is a site-specific installation composed of a video piece, two sculptural objects and a table with a selection of documents and photographs.

In the video piece Bitacora Mineros, a vertical and divided territory symbolises the legal framework imposed in Chile through the Codigo Minero (Mining Code), a law written during the dictatorship that separates land ownership from the mineral resources below ground level. The fauna and flora of Juncal, adapted to the extreme weather conditions of the high Andes is under current threat of exploitation from copper and gold mining deposits. Through a drone perspective, the vertical narrative combines testimonies collected from Avistamientos of Flora and Fauna and Bitacora Mineros, where the park rangers recorded the movement from both animals and miners between January-February 2019.

The work is completed with two tables of archival materials titled Projecto Caliente , created in collaboration with activist Tomás Dinges. The tables are composed by images and documents that evidence of the threat of mining exploitation, revealing the violent division of the space of the mountain range. Two monoliths are located inside and outside the museum, replicating at scale the measurement milestones built-in Juncal in January 2019. Erected in the high mountains, these mining pediments modify nature, marking the point of submission of a landscape to its eventual exploitation. In the museum they are, instead, a ritual body that seeks to restore the connection between the above and below the ground level.

Produced in collaboration with Parque Andino Juncal for the Bienal de Artes Mediales de Santiago The limits of the Earth developed with Swiss curator Jean-Paul Felley, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) Parque Forestal, Santiago, Chile, 2019.

Co-produced by Arts Catalyst, Bienal de Artes Mediales de Santiago y Museo de la Solidaridad de Salvador Allende (MSSA).

Supported by Arts Council England and British Council.

Link to The Limits of the Earth, Bienal de Artes Mediales de Santiago
View The Limits of the Earth instalation video

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