Economics of Minerals
In his series the Economics of Minerals James Tylor’s looks into the destructive effects of the Australian mining industry on the local landscape. Located in indiginous Barkindji (Wiljakali) country, the Broken Hill mine—once the site of one of the largest natural deposits of lead, silver and zinc in the world—is now nearly depleted, leaving behind a desolate terrain. Overlaid with silver geometric patterns that provide a material echo of the menacing presence of mining infrastructure, Tylor’s images hint at what Rob Nixon has described as the “slow violence” wrought by climate change: the gradual and often invisible results of resource extraction and exhaustion.
Map of broken hill