Metallurgical Practice: Landscape (2019) is part of a long-term body of work, Layers of Time and Place: What Lies Beneath (2017-), presenting a cross-sectional study of my experiences in the Jos, Plateau region in north-central Nigeria. The work, made up of multiple sub-series, begins to excavate the metaphoric strata of the landscape, revealing multiple layers beneath the surface of my personal encounter with the unique topography and history of Jos - bare grasslands and ancient rock formations indelibly scarred by human pursuits, past and present.
Here, mining diagrams from the 1912 Text-book of Rand Metallurgical Practice: Designed as a "working Tool" and Practical Guide for Metallurgists Upon the Witwatersrand and Other Similar Fields (London, C. Griffin Limited) are superimposed on images of the Jos landscape. Just as the land and people today bear witness to the detrimental impacts and legacy of colonialism, the early twentieth century technical drawings provide an illustrated guide to natural resource exploitation and serve as a testament to European imperialist pursuits across the African continent, from the Witwatersrand ridge in South Africa to the Jos Plateau in Nigeria.
Medium: Aluminium-mounted inkjet print on matte paper