Mining Colombian contemporary art: histories, scales and techniques of gold extraction

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Gold is not only a witness to Colombia's history, but a fundamental actor in its religious, cultural, social, and economic landscapes. This article explores different moments in the history of gold mining in the country through the lens of contemporary artists working within their local context. Articulating a distinct visual language, each selected artwork crystallises three characteristic elements of this extractive practice: a historical moment, a scale and a technique. The works act as sensible horizons that uncover the precious metal as a microcosm of Colombia.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Burlington Magazine
VolumeBurlington Contemporary
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2019

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