Glazed black stoneware, wooden box, gold leaf engraving
This interdisciplinary project stems from an artistic exploration and a geopolitical research on the social and environmental impacts of Canadian mining in Global South communities. The work focuses on territories surrounding Bajo la Alumbrera mine in the municipality of Belen, Catamarca Province, Argentina. La Alumbrera is the largest, oldest, most damaging and contested open pit project in the country, operated by two Canadian mining companies: Yamana Gold and Goldcorp-Newmont.
1:10000 involves the creation of a series of ceramic vessels built with clay from Belen and Hualfín, territories largely affected by the mine. Two of these vessels were gifted to the CEO and Corporate Social Responsibility executives of these Canadian corporations. 1:10000 reflects on the hemispheric journey of these earthy materials, transubstantiated into an unsettling act of gifting that speaks to the ungraspable scale of devastation instilled through extraction.