Economics of Minerals

Economics of Minerals highlights the environmental impact of mining on Australia. This series of photographs depicting the barren landscapes around Broken Hill has been overlaid with silver geometric shapes that symbolise the human infrastructure of mining, such as mine shafts and slag dumps. Broken Hill is situated along the Barrier Range in western New South Wales on Barkindji (Wiljakali) country. An active mine since 1885, it was once the large natural deposit lead, silver and zinc in the world. Today the mine is near dormant with the land around it left devastated through the removal of its minerals, ground water and vegetation.

Field Notes:

Here are a series of documentary photographs of the city, mine sites, mineral deposits and surrounding of Broken Hill.

In conversation Blake Griffith & James Tylor

Blake Griffith the Director of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery discusses his photographic series Economics of Minerals that explore the history of mining in Broken Hill in Australia.

About the artist

James P Tylor is a multi-disciplinary visual artist whose practice explores Australian environment, culture and social history. These mediums include photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, sound, scents and food. He explores Australian cultural representations through the perspectives of his multicultural heritage that comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch and Norwegian) ancestry. Tylor’s work focuses largely on the history of 19th century Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity and the environment. His research, writing and artistic practice has focused most specifically on Kaurna indigenous culture from the Adelaide Plains region of South Australia and more broadly European colonial history in Southern Australia. His practice also explores Australian indigenous plants and the environmental landscape of Southern Australia.

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