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Fritzia Irízar, Untitled (Golden Green), 2016, gold-plated sprinkler, water, tezontle, pyrite, 16' 6“ × 13' × 6”.

Fritzia Irízar

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Fritzia Irízar, Untitled (Golden Green), 2016, gold-plated sprinkler, water, tezontle, pyrite, 16' 6“ × 13' × 6”.

Given that Fritzia Irízar’s recent exhibition “Golden Green - Greening Gold” focused on the mining of that most useless yet perennially attractive and signifying metal, its other principal element was something of a surprise: water. In Mexico, mining has been the source of tremendous ecological devastation, and the depletion of this substance is one of many recurring problems. In addition, nearly a third of the nation’s territory has been consigned to foreign companies for extraction, leading to the dismemberment of communities, the appropriation of territory without local consent, and the killing of civilians by paramilitary security hired by mining companies.

Untitled (Golden Green) (all works 2016) introduced us to a recurring character, almost like a little cartoon guy: a sprinkler, aptly gilded, standing in the middle of a field of black tezontle volcanic rock mixed with some

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