Blog by Cameron Proctor
For the next three weeks, London-based Chilean photographer Ignacio Acosta will be researching and mapping out Liverpool’s relationship to copper. In a residency based between the Bluecoat and 8 Water Street, Acosta will be visiting sites of historical relevance, as well as those that illustrate Liverpool’s relationship to copper today. We’ll be following Acosta throughout his residency, keeping you up to date on his findings and workflow.
Copper has consistently been an invaluable resource through history. It’s used in virtually everything, from communications technologies to transportation equipment, building construction, electronic applications and consumer goods. Due to its widespread use, it even seems to have the ability to predict changes in the global economy, lending to its nickname – Dr. Copper. Through an extensive and interconnected body of work, Acosta follows copper’s trail from remote extractions sites in the Atacama Desert to its manufacturing and distribution centres in Britain, exploring the geography of each location and the political and social connotations involved with copper.
In the opening weekend of LOOK/15, Acosta’s residency will be followed up by a talk at the Bluecoat with Art & Design historian, Louise Purbrick of the University of Brighton, as well as a radical history tour throughout the city.
Acosta is also part of the group, Traces of Nitrate: Mining history and photography between Britain and Chile, with Xavier Ribas’ exhibition Nitrates, which opens at the Bluecoat on 10 April and runs throughout the festival.
Funders and Supporters:
LOOK/15, University of Brighton, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Government of Chile.