29. 05. - 10. 07. 2021
Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Österreich
No status information available, 2021, various grains, coconut oil, 11x11 cm
Schwaz is a small town in Tyrol, the development and prosperity of which is closely linked to the mining of silver. In the 15th and 16th centuries, up to 85% of all silver mining in the known world was taking place in Schwaz. The site’s mining heritage, and the focus of the class on reflection of materials and the socio-economic conditions under which they are produced, serve as the foundation for the exhibition, creating a framework for engaging with the politics of extraction and related issues like human labour, colonialism, and landscape politics. At the same time, parallels to more recent phenomena of "mining" are being explored, specifically the extraction of data and personal information to generate profit inherent in the 'digital economy'.
Along with conceptual and research-based approaches, the exhibition focuses explicitly on material and aesthetic impulses that emerge from the issues at play and the juxtaposition of material and immaterial mining.
A publication accompanying the exhibition will be published in September.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Danner Foundation, the publication is supported by the Akademieverein München e.V.
Sujet & Text © Nicole Wermers
Photos © Verena Nagl unless otherwise noted
Anna Lena Keller
Laia Martí Puig
Viola Relle & Raphael Weilguni