A video of a major installation that grows every day as another 250 tonnes of gravel are extracted from a Basel quarry. The work invites us to reflect on the consequences of our extractive relationship with the land. It also reviews abandoned gravel pits around the city as they await repurposing. Gravel was made on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Basilea’ by Creative Time, commissioned by Art Basel for Messeplatz 2018. A smaller presentation features the project Mineral Rights, begun in 2015 when Almarcegui became the owner of an iron ore deposit near Oslo. She has no intention of extracting the iron, but aims to draw attention to the origin of construction materials below our feet, and how land is exploited.
Image credit: Lara Almarcegui, Gravel, produced for Basilea by Creative Time commissioned by Art Basel 2018, courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne