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This extensive collection of photographic and moving image works made across 2009-14 charts the history of nitrate extraction in the Chilean Atacama Desert. A non-renewable natural resource, Nitrate was extensively mined in Northern Chile between the 1870s and 1920s, mostly by British companies who, in a relatively short space of time, transformed a portion of the Atacama Desert into an industrial landscape. Sodium nitrate was traded mainly as a natural fertiliser but it was also used in the manufacture of explosives; a crucial ingredient for the acceleration of both life and death.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationThe Bluecoat Liverpool
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2015
EventNitrate - The Bluecoat Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Apr 20155 Jul 2015


  • Nitrae
  • mining
  • Globalisation
  • capitalism


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