To move a mountain: an old proverb considers this an impossible feat. Only when endowed with supernatural, spiritual qualities can a human accomplish the task of such magnitude. Lima, Peru, 2002: the Belgian Mexican artist Francis Alÿs realizes one of his now most famous projects, When Faith Moves Mountains. Five hundred local volunteers armed with shovels form a single line that ascends an enormous sand dune on the outskirts of the city: their aim is to move the dune, if only by an inch. “Maximum effort, minimum result,” the artist insists.1 Looking at the dune the day after the event, no one can tell if it has changed. It...
Moving Mountains: Land, Extraction, and the Regimes of Visuality in Global Image Economy
Dorota Biczel—is a Polish-born art historian, curator, and critic. She holds a PhD from the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin and currently serves as a visiting assistant professor of art history at the School of Art at the University of Houston. Her research, writing, and curatorial projects focus on the contemporary art of the Americas in the global context, particularly at the intersections of material experimentation, social practice, and spatial politics.
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Dorota Biczel; Moving Mountains: Land, Extraction, and the Regimes of Visuality in Global Image Economy. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 1 October 2019; 1 (4): 82–89. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2019.140007
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