Uppsala Art Museum will host a ‘pop-up’ exhibition of photographs and a panel discussion for the Gold Matter’s project at the Nordic Africa Institute – All Welcome! Admission is free and drinks will be served.
The display by photographer Nii Obodai will place a spotlight on Ghanaian small-scale gold miners. The panel discussion will reflect on using photography within socially engaged research exposing and challenging injustices associated with oil and mineral resource extraction in Africa.
March 15, 16.00 – 17.30, Uppsala art museum (castle), Christinas väg 1E
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15.00-16.00: Arrive early and have the possibility to see the exhibition Promzona (industrial zone) by Pavel Otdelnov, Floor 4. Free entrance for participants.
16.00-16.30: Mingle and beverage in connection to the pop-up-exhibition Gold Matters, the auditorium.
16.30-17.30: Panel talk: Nii Obodai and Michael Watts in conversation with Eleanor Fisher and Cristiano Lanzano moderated by Patience Mususa, the auditorium.
The speakers and moderator
Nii Obodai works primarily with black and white photography, including the series “Big Dreams, Life Built on Gold” of mining lives and landscapes in Ghana. Nii is director of Nuku, Ghana’s first photography festival.
Michael Watts is Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, and Chancellor’s Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley. Michael has worked extensively with renowned photographer Ed Kashi, including “The Curse of the Black Gold” a graphic look at the profound cost of oil exploitation in West Africa.
Eleanor Fisher is Head of Research, Nordic Africa Institute, and leads the project “Gold Matters” which explores transformations in artisanal and small-scale gold mining between Africa and the Amazon, including through photography and visual methods.
Cristiano Lanzano is Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, who has worked extensively on mining in West Africa, and is a principal researcher on the Gold Matter’s project.
Patience Mususa is Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, and author of the book “There used to be order: Life on the Zambian Copperbelt after the privatization of the Zambian Consolidated Copper Mines” (University of Michigan Press 2021).
Find out more about GOLD MATTERS.