Harun Farocki

(B.1944, Nový Jicin (Neutitschein), Czechoslovakia // D.Berlin, 2014)

The Silver and the Cross, 2010

2 channel video installation, color, sound, 17 min.
Video instalación, 2 canales, color, sonido, 17 min.
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Farocki sums up the sense of the installation with the following sentence: “The Spaniards brought the cross and they took the silver”.This work is a video-essay in which the artist uses a painting by Gaspar Miguel de Berrios (1706-1762), from which he develops a discourse on the European colonization process and the power obtained by controlling their production methods. This piece is an exhaustive analysis by which the towns, workers and the silver mines of Potosí, Perú, are being represented during the period of the Spanish colonization.

 

Painting by Gaspar Miguel de Berrios, starting point of the work La plata y la Cruz ( The SIlver and the Cross) Gaspar Miguel de Berríos (Potosí , 1706-1762) Cerro Rico y de la Villa Imperial de Potosí, 1758 Oil on linen 262 x 182 cm. Museo Colonial Charcas de la Universidad San Francisco Xavier, Sucre/Bolivia. Still, 2

Video still.The Silver and the Cross (La Plata y la Cruz), 2010 Video instalación, 2 canales, color, sonido, 17 min.

Video still.The Silver and the Cross (La Plata y la Cruz), 2010 Video instalación, 2 canales, color, sonido, 17 min.

Video still.The Silver and the Cross (La Plata y la Cruz), 2010 Video instalación, 2 canales, color, sonido, 17 min.

Projection: "The Silver and the Cross" (La Plata y la Cruz), 2010, Loop Season’s Fauvorites, àngels barcelona, Espai 2, Barcelona, 2011.