How are global economies site specific? 

KENNECOTT

2013 - ONGOING

 

In the early 1900s, deep in the wilds of Alaska, the Guggenheims and Morgans formed the Kennecott Corporation in order to mine an astounding amount of copper from giant mountains. This feat allowed for the expansion of the utilities grid across the US and led to the prevalence of multinational corporations. In 2014, Nina began researching the Kennecott Corporation to illuminate how humans depend on mining, extraction, and the invisible power of global corporations. This research involves intense physical exploration and community engagement and takes form as drawings, narrative presentations, and published writing.

This project is made possible with support Polar Lab initiative at the Anchorage Museum and the Wrangell Mountains Center.

POLAR LAB 2014

Following Nina on the first of several trips to Kennecott, Alaska, this short documentary highlights her approach to engaged, site specific research. Research support and production: Polar Lab at the Anchorage Museum. Cinematograph: Leanne Phelps. Producer: Michael Conti. Project support: Jeremy Pataky 

 

ARTIST IN AN ICE CAVE 2014

Cinematographer Leanne Phelps captures Nina’s insight into Alaska, time, mining, and climate change from within an ice cave.

ERRATIC 2017-2019

As a book, online publication, and gallery installation, Erratic is an existential exploration into what is being carried within the self and what a life leaves behind. Learn more.

 

nonlinear research ongoing

Nonlinear Research is an evolving narrative presentation that weaves together unlikely associations between piles of rocks, military secrets, climate change, obsolete communication technology, her family, meteorites, and the need for curiosity. Learn more.

 

DRAWINGS ongoing

These drawings depict Kennecott Corporation, and their subsidiaries, international mines. The scale and detail of this act as a meditation and revelation of the often unseen underpinnings of consumer culture. See more drawings.

 
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