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Alice Creischer
Artist talk
Jul 14, 2011, 6:30pm

Creischer’s talk is structured around two of her projects -“Apparatus for the Osmotic Pressure of Wealth During the Contemplation of Poverty” and “The Potosí Principle”. In “Apparatus” Creischer combines material from her travels to Argentina, India and Bolivia. This multi-part installation of objects and texts brings together facts, eyewitness testimonials from historical sources, archival and current photographs and her own texts to create a multi-layered portrait of today’s world and how it came to be that way.

“The Potosí Principle”: Potosí (Bolivia, South America) was one of the largest cities in the world in the 17th Century, comparable to London or Paris. It is said that the silver mined there was enough to build a bridge from the Andes, over the Atlantic Ocean and to Cadiz – the harbour in Spain where the silver arrived. The work in the mines, the treasures of gold and silver, which were shipped to Europe, initiated such a tremendous increase of accumulation that it could be seen as the birth of the modern capitalist system. The project shows parallels and interrelations between the ideological function of colonial painting and the function that art now takes on to vest the new elites of globalization with legitimacy. Beginning with the early years of Potosí the exhibition draws a striking and continuous line to contemporary times.