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Untitled (Mirrors)
Antofagasta, Chile



This installation was created specifically for the Huanchaca ruins in Antofagasta, Chile. These are located in a region that had previously belonged to Bolivia but was lost, along with access to the ocean, to Chile. Now a cultural institution, Huanchaca had once been an enormous Bolivian silver foundry, which curiously was built after the area had been lost. The mirrors, a symbol of vanity and banality are made of silver, a metal with an extraordinarily violent historical significance in Bolivia. The installation is a commentary on how the enormous wealth in the region was and is misused and wasted by those in power.

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