Ana Alenso & Anna Dobelmann

Alenso Oro

Where do our raw materials actually come from? How are they mined? And what impact does export to the global North have on the mining conditions and people in the global South? These are the questions that artist Ana Alenso and the political scientist Anna Dobelmann deal with. In her artistic works, Ana Alenso focuses on concrete case studies, such as oil production or gold mining in Latin America. She presents the results of her intensive research and discussions with activists and scientists in large-format installations. For the exhibition Ruhr Ding: Klima by Urbane Künste Ruhr, Alenso is currently working on a new work about gold mining in the Venezuelan Orinoco region.

Anna Dobelmann studied political science and holds a doctorate in sociology. She has researched and taught on land conflicts and the exploitation of raw materials at the Freie Universität of Berlin and the Philipps-Universität of Marburg. She scientifically examines the effects of resource wealth and exploitation and the global contexts in which they are embedded. She is co-editor of the dictionary Land and Resource Conflicts (transkript 2019).

Based on Ana Alenso's work, we will discuss resource extraction, resource policies, and the possibilities of artistic research and activism together with Solvej Ovesen, curator at Galerie Wedding | Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst.


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Ana Alenso

Ana Alenso art focuses on the global dependence on resources and the concomitant political, social, and economic exploitation.