A Prototype for a Future Archaeology of the Image | by Kodwo Eshun | Fundació Antoni Tàpies #Barcelona

Thursday 6 October 2016, 7 p.m.
Fundació Antoni Tàpies museum, Barcelona

Introduction | By Carles Guerra and Antje Ehmann | Exhibition: Harun Farocki. Empathy

A Prototype for a Future Archaeology of the Image
Lecture by Kodwo Eshun

The Silver and the Cross, 2010, can be understood as a prototype for a future video-archeology of historical painting. The soft montage of The Silver and the Cross operates as an apparatus for a comparative investigation of the silver mines depicted in Berrio's forgotten painting Description of Cerro Rico and the Imperial City of Potosi, 1758, with the contemporary mountainscapes of Potosi, Bolivia. The Silver and the Cross makes visible the elimination of the detail of indigenous slaves from Berrio's epic panorama of primitive accumulation. This pictorial absence in turn, points towards 18th Century European Enlightenment philosophy's studied avoidance of the Spanish state's genocidal colonization of South America. By excavating the extent of this exclusion, The Silver and the Cross proposes a decolonial forensics of the image that apprehends European painting, history and philosophy as epistemic crimes implicated in the making of imperial industry, investment and infrastructure.

Kodwo Eshun is Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London and Visiting Professor, Critical Curatorial Cybermedia, Geneva University of Art and Design.

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