Trafficking the Earth

Xavier Ribas, Ignacio Acosta, Louise Purbrick

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition


Trafficking the Earth is a collaboration between photographers Xavier Ribas, Ignacio Acosta and an art historian, Louise Purbrick. Their collective research has documented the movement of mineral wealth of Chile into global markets and European landscapes. Nitrate and copper is their focus. The transformation of these natural resources into industrial materials draw desert and city, slag heap and country house, ruin and regeneration, landscape and archive, Chile and Britain, into the same circuit of capital.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2017
Eventexhibition - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 7 September - 12 November 2017
Duration: 7 Sept 2017 → …

Bibliographical note

The exhibition work Trafficking the Earth, comprising of 336 images and texts, was acquired for their collections by the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (Santiago de Chile) in 2017 and by the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) in 2023.


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