INGRID WILDI MERINO “Architecture of Transfers, Art, Politics, Technology and many Forms of Extractivism since Colonial Times” Juraplatz, Biel/Bienn, Suiza
30.07 – 06.08.2022
INGRID WILDI MERINO
Architecture of Transfers, Art, Politics, Technology and many Forms of Extractivism since Colonial Times
Installation, video essay, books presentation
Curated by Enrique Muñoz García
Vernissage and books presentation / July 30 / 19.30 hrs
‘ Architecture of Transfers, Art, Politics and Technology’
‘To deny the false division between History and Geography’
Public Art Space Juraplatz, Switzerland
FROM ECONOMIC EXTRACTIVISM TO EPISTEMIC EXTRACTIVISM AND ONTOLOGICAL EXTRACTIVISM, AS A WAY OF BEING AND EXISTING IN THE WORLD.
By Ramón Grosfoguel, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC-Berkeley
Extractivism continues to be one of today’s most problematic exploitation processes, not only in Latin America, but in the whole world. An important project regarding this subject is that directed by the internationally renowned Chilean artist Ingrid Wildi Merino, entitled Architecture of Transfers, art, politics and technology. In this project she analyses the different dimensions of the exploitation of copper in Chile and its use in diverse projects; space, scientific, military and cultural; in diverse parts of the world. Extractivism is the mechanism that, in the international division of labour, connects the exploitation of copper in Chile; with all its damaging consequences for the life of the miners, their communities and the environment; with scientific projects. Extractivism has consequences that relate not only to the economic impoverishment of the miners, but also to the processes that destroy life and the planetary ecology.