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Fieldwork Parque Andino Juncal (Xavier Ribas, 2022)

Frozen Future is a collaborative arts research project that documents the inequalities of copper mining in the Chilean Andes and lithium extraction in the Atacama Desert.

At a glance

  • Developing documentary art practice to examine the effects of extractivism
  • Visualising the material transformations, the human and non-human relationships, of mining on a global scale
  • Collaboration as decolonial art practice and act of resistance to extractivism

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The extraction of copper and lithium, highly valued materials of the so called ‘green transition’ in the Global North materials, creates sites of ecological degradation: wastelands and water loss. How can the entanglements of extractivism, the relationships between the accumulations of wealth within the global capitalist system and the depletions of life in local ecologies be made visible?

Site specific documentation in the Andes and Atacama Desert has been completed and art collaborations are on-going. We are working towards an international conference (2024) and large-scale exhibition (2025).

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