Lo que la mina te da, la mina te quita / What The Mine Gives, The Mine Takes
Ana Alenso, ed.

Like a mighty river that flows and deviates from its course, this publication invites us on a journey to decipher the hidden predatory logic within the mechanisms of gold mining exploitation and the resulting socio-ecological devastation in the Guayana and Venezuela’s Amazon regions. More than a warning, What the Mine Gives, the Mine Takes presents a collective and sensitive cartography of this mining conflict through a diversity of art projects, poems, essays, diagrams, satellite visions, and documentary images. Conceived by Berlin-based Venezuelan artist Ana Alenso, this publication emerged as a result of her artistic research for the installation Lo que la mina te da, la mina te quita in 2020. The installation was commissioned by Urbane Künste Ruhr for the exhibition Ruhr Ding: Klima (2021) and was also presented as a solo exhibition at Galerie Wedding in Berlin in 2020.

For the design we used the typeface “More Sky”, developed a couple of years ago at the studio by Marguerite Leroux (@marguerite_lrx) during her internship.

Book concept by Ana Alenso
With contributions by Santiago Acosta, ACL/SPV, Ana Alenso, Ricardo Avela, Alessandra Caputo, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Alexandra Henao, Kukuy, Esperanza Mayobre,  Marco-Montiel Soto, Lucía Pizzani, Christian Vinck, SOS Orinoco

Designed by Santiago da Silva with Ana Cecilia Breña
Typeface design by Santiago da Silva and Marguerite Leroux
English and Spanish
20.5 × 27
232 pp.
Published by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-96436-037-3
Printed by KOPA, Vilnius

Book photographs by Trevor Lloyd