“What human beings seek to learn from nature is how to use it to dominate wholly both it and human beings”. Horkheimer and Adorno in The Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944) “The Canary and The Hammer” is a complex, international account, detailing the inherent human reverence of gold and its affair in the ruthless endeavour of progress. Photographed across four years and four continents, the work connects seemingly disparate issues and aesthetics through a mix of stills, moving images and archival materials, sourced from both collections in libraries and online. Commencing in Peru, a land once plundered by Latin conquistadors for its abundance […]
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