Stigma Damages, Michele Horrigan

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"For several years, I have explored the histories and material culture of the aluminium industry. I grew up in the shadow of such a world - mineral ore bauxite is imported from Guinea in Africa into Ireland's largest industrial complex in my hometown of Askeaton, to be chemically refined and smelted to become aluminium, the world's most versatile metal used in computer parts and engines, drink cans and airplanes.

The weight of aluminium makes up 8% of the earth's crust; 80% of an airplane is aluminium; one tonne of aluminium will make over 60,000 Coca Cola, Pepsi or Budweiser cans. But what about the residues of this modern manufacturing miracle? What exists outside its streamlined process and what are the subjective experiences to be had in a long-term mediation of this extraction industry?

This artworks title, Stigma Damages, is intended as a pertinent way to describe an investigation around these concerns. Typically used as a legal term to describe possible loss or suspected contamination due to  ecological circumstance, here it also acts as a  framework to cognitively map the methods extractive industries adopt to justify environmentally transgressive processes." - Michele Horrigan

19 pp.| 220 x 180 mm
ISBN: 9780955863066
Publisher: Askeaton Contemporary Arts and Gaining Ground.