Nitrate

Xavier Ribas, Carles Guerra, Andrea Jösch, Max Jorge Hinderer, Pablo Artaza, Alberto Martín, Mabel Loomis Todd

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Abstract

Like the dancing wooden table imagined by Karl Marx in Capital, all commodities are shape shifters. They appear to metamorphose. But nitrate materially changes. Its power as a substance and value as commodity lie in its capacity to change from material to immaterial state, to transform and to be transformative. Chilean nitrate is a sodium nitrate that, once processed, can be used as a fertiliser and to make explosives. It is the element nitrogen, which comprises eighty per cent of the earth’s atmosphere, in this compound form that can speed or shatter life. [Extract from Louise Purbrick's text in the exhibition catalogue]. This publication contains photographic research developed as part of the AHRC project 'Traces of Nitrate. Mining History and Photography Between Britain and Chile' (http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=AH/I021671/1). It was published in the occasion of the exhibition NITRATE held at the Museu d"art Contemporani de Barcelona (http://www.macba.cat/en/expo-ribas-nitrate), which subsequently toured to The Bluecoat in Liverpool (http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/exhibitions/2722) and the Museo Universidad de Navarra, Spain (http://museo.unav.edu/en/programacion/detalle-evento?eventId=7652977). For more information about reviews, awards, and events related to this output please see: http://tracesofnitrate.org and http://www.xavierribas.com
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBarcelona, Spain
PublisherMuseu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)9788492505661
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2014

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Ribas, X., Guerra, C., Jösch, A., Hinderer, M. J., Artaza, P., Martín, A., & Todd, M. L. (2014). Nitrate. Barcelona, Spain: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
Ribas, Xavier ; Guerra, Carles ; Jösch, Andrea ; Hinderer, Max Jorge ; Artaza, Pablo ; Martín, Alberto ; Todd, Mabel Loomis. / Nitrate. Barcelona, Spain : Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2014. 176 p.
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Nitrate. / Ribas, Xavier; Guerra, Carles ; Jösch, Andrea ; Hinderer, Max Jorge; Artaza, Pablo; Martín, Alberto; Todd, Mabel Loomis.

Barcelona, Spain : Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2014. 176 p.

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