The Silver and the Cross

Icons & Media Art
| 18 min

The installation THE SILVER AND THE CROSS by media artist Harun Farocki examines the 1758 painting "Depiction of the Cerro Rico and the Imperial City of Potosí" by Gaspar Miguel des Berrío. The painting can be found in the Museo Colonial Charcas de la Universidad San Francisco Xavier, Sucre, Bolivia. Farocki uses the medium of video to dissect the painting and its historical layers. In addition to artistic aspects, Farocki also looks at historical context and colonialism.