Background Information"Photographed over four years and four continents, Lisa BARNARD's 'The Canary and The Hammer' series chronicles our reverence for gold and its role in humanity's relentless quest for progress. Gold is ubiquitous in modern life. The mineral hides at the heart of much of the technology we use, and is fundamentally a powerful symbol of value, beauty, purity, greed, and political power. Spurred by the financial crisis of 2008, however, as well as still-present reminders of the global West's determination to accumulate wealth, Lisa BARNARD questions gold's continued status as an economic barometer amid new intangible forms of technological high finance. By addressing this through photography, she also raises the question of how this medium can respond to such abstract events and concepts. The result is an ambitious project that outlines a personal journey in which she ultimately addresses the complexity of material representation in these fragmented and problematic times.
With a mixture of visual, textual and archival material, Lisa BARNARD's third book, 'The Canary and The Hammer', offers a fascinating insight into the troubled history of gold and its complex connections with the global economy. Here, the British photographic artist attempts to connect disparate stories - from the mania of the gold rush and the brutal world of modern mining, to the sexual politics of the industry and the often dark but indispensable role of gold at the heart of high-tech industry." (freely translated, slightly adapted text, © Mack Books, 2019)
- Silk screened HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 20 x 29 cm., color ills., text language: English