Room 06: Moving Matters

Wall: West Africa


Mobility is an important characteristic of gold mining. The residences built on mining sites may testify to temporarity: people may come and go, sites may be abandoned. Mining sites are in flux, but so is gold itself. Gold moves in trade lines from mining sites to jewelers, to consumers, and vaults of banks elsewhere. Before gold matter leaves mining sites, processing the ore also involves moving matters: equipment moves and is often imported from elsewhere. Mining sites are connected to the world at large. They may also be a stepping stone for miners to move upwards and/or outwards. In this series we portray social mobilities of miners to find out what moves them: what are the aspirations in life and where can these be realized?

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