Join us for a conversation between artist Ignacio Acosta, activist Elena Solis and architect/researcher Godofredo Pereira.
Taking Arts Catalyst’s current exhibition Tales from the Crust
as a starting point, the conversation will explore the linkages between contemporary forms of extractive violence in Europe and Latin America and existing forms of resistance that seek to counter them on both a local and transnational level.
Elena Solis has worked as an environmental lawyer, activist, researcher and writer since 2010. She is presently the head of mining in Ecologistas in Acción
, a Spanish grassroots confederation consisting of 300 environmental groups. Since 2014, she has been campaigning and working to take legal action against indiscriminate and speculative prospecting and licensing of new mining projects in Spain; projects which are posing a serious risk to the environment and the people living near them. She is interested in the interconnection between the acceleration of mining projects in the Global South and Global North and the world of financial economy.
Ignacio Acosta is a Chilean-born, London-based artist and researcher working primarily with photography to explore geopolitical power dynamics around minerals, their geographies and historical narratives. His interconnected research projects involve extensive fieldwork, investigative analysis, visual documentation and critical writing on sites and materials of symbolic significance. Between 2012 and 2016, he completed a Ph.D at the University of Brighton, UK, from which his thesis The Copper Geographies of Chile and Britain: A Photographic Study
emerged. The publication Copper Geographies
(2018) has since been published by Editorial RM.
Dr. Godofredo Enes Pereira is the course leader for the MA in Environmental Architecture and teaches ADS7 Ecologies of Existing design studio at the Royal College of Art, London, where he also leads the Architecture and Social Movements Research group. His doctoral research ‘The Underground Frontier: Technoscience and Collective Politics’ investigated political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race for underground resources. He was a member of Forensic Architecture where he led the Atacama Desert project; and was the curator of the exhibition Object / Project (Lisbon Architecture Triennial, 2016).