On Poisonous Soil

Mining (legal and illegal), fumigation (to sustain plantations or to kill coca plantations) and over-exploitation (because of irresponsible engineer in infrastructure building and management) are increasingly transforming large areas of south America into sterile and poisonous territories.

The primitive, yet human, necessity for artificial concave forms for transport and stock food, water or any other good or modular systems to build shelters, has its response in materials and techniques attached to the territory. Ceramics, woodwork or basketry transport within themselves the qualities of the soil or plants. Those concavities are meant to contain a “beautiful living object, strange, nourished and favored as we by the earth; Means consummating a sacrifice in which we choose ourselves in front of things.” (Margarite Yourcenar, Adriano’s Memories).

I will produce containers and plates among other objects, using the soil of this new poisonous territories. Between February the 10th and May the 31st, I will work at FAAP residency in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I will start the production at the very place where one of the biggest mining disaster in history took place, when, one year ago, 60 million cubic meters of iron waste flooded and entire village and spilled into the nature through the Doce river, along 700 Km until the ocean, after an iron ore tailings dam collapsed.

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Now, after the this time working in Brasil, I will continue the production in Colombia, using the left over soil of golden mining in Segovia and Marmato, Antioquia among other locations.

Two plates from the first production are part of the MAB-FAAP (Museum of Brazilian Art, Armando Alvarez Panteao Foundation) collection.