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Miguel Fernández de Castro, Piedra supuesta del antopoceno (Supposed Anthropocene Stone), 2015, C-print, 26 × 39 3/8".

Miguel Fernández de Castro

Galeria Emma Molina

Miguel Fernández de Castro, Piedra supuesta del antopoceno (Supposed Anthropocene Stone), 2015, C-print, 26 × 39 3/8".

Jales (from the Nahuatl word halli, which means “earth”) is the term geologists and mining engineers use to refer to the piles of stones resulting from the explosions used to begin excavation on a mine. For the past three years, Miguel Fernández de Castro has been quietly looking for such traces in old expedition logs and other documents of archaeological explorations of northern Mexico. These topographic notes on wild and largely unfertile lands would often document what sorts of rocks were found on and under the surface of these territories, thereby establishing their potential commercial value. In his show “Toda acumulación es violenta y la mercancía circula mejor erosionada” (All Accumulation Is Violent and Merchandise Circulates Better Eroded), Fernández de Castro evokes the multiple layers and implications, the otherness opened up—sometimes explicitly—by these

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