United States of America
Javier Barrera created visual elements inspired by his own research on MTR (mountaintop removal mining) and its impact on the environment.
In the quest for new energy sources, mountaintop removal mining (MTR) is a relatively new form of coal mining which removes a mountain to access the coal. This method requires heavy use of explosives, abuses the environment and displaces the local population. Most mountaintop removal in the United States occurs in West Virginia. I spent time in West Virginia researching the subject and learning about the devastating effects on the environment and the people. I have created an audio piece that weaved together two voices from the many interviews I conducted.
I would like to create some visual elements, inspired by the audio piece, for wall projections that provide atmosphere for the recording and stand alone as prints, perhaps made from woodcuts that would represent the loss of trees and surrounding nature. I would also like to incorporate video / photo images into the project etching techniques.
Group exhibition ´ace Collection
Territories is an exhibition curated by Adriana Moracci among artworks from the ‘ace collection. The aims of this selection is to allow us to reflect upon political, economic, linguistic and corporal territories. They have been interpreted by contemporary artists through photography, performance and printmaking.
ABOUT TERRITORIES (by Adriana Moracci
Territory is a defined, outlined and demarcated place that provides belonging and identity to whom occupy it. In some cases it is a place to access or emigrate. The territory notion goes beyond a determined border. Although the etymology of the word indicates land or field not every community has its own physical territory, but yes, all have their own idiosyncrasy, language and culture that unites and links. The body is also a territory, one that is always present and constantly changing. A territory that contains and links us with the other, through verbal and corporal language. A territory that enables encounter with the ancestral and the primary.