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Ana González Barragán

MAN DOOR HERE
Twenty Mile Coal Mine
2023

In Man Door Here, Ana shows one of the images produced during her field trips to the mine. The underground landscape is covered by a wire mesh used for stabilizing rock excavations. The presence of a metaphorical coal rock creates a visual effect alluding to the digital topographical representations often used for mapping land. On the right side, a second iteration implements the same components, although this time, a coal rock is contained. By juxtaposing the notion of presence with absence and the complementary legend "Man Door Here," this diptych addresses the binary divisions pervasive in the extractivist industry.


The photos were taken by a miner under Ana's direction.