Potosí Principle – Archive


2021, Apr 29, Thu — 2021, Jul 11, Sun

Picture: Andreas Siekmann

Picture: Andreas Siekmann

Picture: Andreas Siekmann

Picture: Andreas Siekmann

Picture: Andreas Siekmann

Picture: Andreas Siekmann

Picture: Andreas Siekmann

Picture: Andreas Siekmann

What is the correlation between extractivism and the inquisition? European capitalism would be inconceivable without the colonial-era exploitation of people and nature in Latin America. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, forced labor made the city of Potosí, today in Bolivia, one of the most important silver mining regions in the world and emblematic of the first global economic power. Potosí Principle – Archive begins where the exhibition The Potosí Principle (2010-11) ended and, ten years later, asks again: Where can the principle of global exploitation be found today?

The exhibition in April 2021 presents the Potosí project archives of artists Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann. Rather than/ Beyond being a simple documentation and collection of project sources, it explores its own blind spots. Simultaneously it is a continuation of the artistic practice of that time, juxtaposing Baroque paintings from Potosí and the La Paz region with contemporary new productions.

With contributions by Sonia Abian, Monika Baer, John Barker, Creando Mujeres, Matthijs de Bruijne, Stephan Dillemuth, Ines Doujak, Elvira Espejo, Leon Ferrari, Dimitry Gutov, Zhibin Lin, Eduardo Molinari, Stephan Mörsch, David Riff, Konstanze Schmitt, Christian von Borries and Markus Wörgötter.

A project by Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann

Exhibition and accompanying program

Apr 29–Jul 11, 2021

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