HER GROUND Flowers Gallery Kingsland Road

August 9, 2019 at 9:10 am

British artist Lisa Barnard’s most recent project The Canary and the Hammer traces the history of gold, and its role in humanity’s ruthless pursuit of progress. Created in response to the financial crisis of 2008, Barnard uses gold as a prism through which globalism can be refracted, embarking on a personal journey across the world to reflect on how this ubiquitous material substance acts as a barometer of our changing times. Working across various thematic strands or chapters, connecting stories from the mania of the gold rush to the high tech industry, Barnard’s project incorporates images of the Peruvian mining landscape to explore the sexual politics of the supply chain. Barnard’s photographs show the practice of women known as pallaqueras, driven to the edges of Peruvian mines by pervading superstitions, to extract minerals from stones discarded by male peers. Barnard’s ambitious project is the subject of a new book published by MACK in Summer 2019. 


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