Juan Javier Rivera Andia and Peter Snowdon
03.10.2013 - 20.10.2013
A few years ago, upon starting his fieldwork in the isolated area of Cañaris (in the Andes of Northern Peru), anthropologist Juan Javier Rivera Andía was confronted with the indigenous population's fear of the imminent arrival of a copper mine, which threatened to severely damage their culture and livelihood.
This video installation by Rivera Andía and artist Peter Snowdon uses the anthropologist's visual archive to ask: does 'land' really belong to the people who live on it, or can national politicians and international corporations decide what to do with it without consulting anyone? What is the role of outsiders (mining companies, anthropologists, filmmakers...) in both the preservation and destruction of vernacular ways of life? Where should we draw the line between 'tradition' and 'modernity'? And can we ever separate culture from politics, or are the two inextricably linked?
Where: Coalmine Waterschei - André Dumontlaan 67 - 3600 Genk - Belgium
Open: Thursday/Friday/Sunday: 1PM - 5PM; Saturday: 9AM - 5PM
Opening: Thursday 3rd October 2013 - 8PM
THE YUKON PROJECT
Revisiting the Klondike Goldrush
Danny Veys & Francis Soenen
Revisiting the Klondike Goldrush Quest forms part of the larger research project The Legacy of Mining Landscapes. In this project, Danny Veys traces the impact of mining on landscapes all over the world. Yet, rather than make judgements about the consequences of mining, he primarily wants to show the impact of this exploitation on our natural landscapes and the way people deal with the change.
Every sub-project of The Legacy of Mining Landscapes consists of three consecutive components: Archive, Field and Survey Studies and Transformations/Simulations. By consulting historical records (e.g. glass plates) he confronts the 19th century landscapes with the landscapes of today.
The sub-project Revisiting the Klondike Goldrush will take three years to finish. By means of a photographic essay, the researchers intend to compile stories and experiences, to make comparisons and trace the structure of an evolution. With careful attention to accuracy, Danny Veys (photographer-researcher) and Francis Soenen (terrain expert) will travel the arduous route of the original goldseekers and elicit the traces and stories from the landscape, using the archival material as a compass.
The records of the preparation and the results of this scientific-artistic endeavour will be assembled in a special exhibition during 2014. In the meantime, curious readers will be able to follow the route and find periodic updates on the project's website www.theyukonproject.com .