AFTER THE GOLD

2019

Video Installation

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Images dissolving, appearing and disappearing: memory, repetition, loss, silence. Material and immaterial territories melt in the promise of a stationary, alien, and transcendental wealth. The thirst for gold does not change, but the name of the conflict does. While the mineral is ripped from the mud to be piled in distant vaults, the history of cultural, political, and environmental genocide reaches the bloodstream. It turns into the extinction of species in the Magdalena River, into toxic gases invading unborn beings, into promises of capitalistic progress. In Colombia, armed conflict has lasted for over sixty years, and has to be understood as an ecosophic conflict as much as a sociopolitical one, where the desire for wealth leaves us with the question: What remains after the extraction?