Kornspeicher and Inspektorhaus
at Novalis-Museum Wiederstedt

The Collective Dig. A Paper Theatre on the Myths of Extraction

DE 2023
Th, 25.7.24 17:33
Schäfergasse 6 Kornspeicher 06456 Arnstein, OT Wiederstedt

Geological interactions is what the artist calls an ongoing series of works. In them, she explores the different relationships people have with minerals and the socio-political implications within them. In 2021, a collection of texts she conceived and edited titled Missing Words for Considering Stones, Rocks, Pebbles, and Mountains: A Vocabulary of Proximity was published as part of her installation at the Venice Architecture Biennial. For Bethônico, this concept represents a form of “geomediation”: an attempt to examine and try out relationships that respect the Earth with all its components - including the rocky ones - as a living counterpart. The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, from whose capital Belo Horizonte the artist hails, gave her this theme. The history of this region, which already bears its destiny in its name (Minas Gerais means General Mines in English), is inseparably connected to mining and colonialism. Her work created for My Precious, The Collective Dig. A Paper Theatre on the Myths of Extraction, also questions the conditions of current and historical mining and investigates the possibilities of a different mining approach, one that is more responsible with nature and people while ensuring equitable distribution of its benefits.

The work was conceived in cooperation with art class pupils of the Wilhelm und Alexander von Humboldt Gymnasium Hettstedt and their teachers Steffi Schmidt and Kerstin Jankowski.


Mabe Bethônico