The Subterranean Imprint Archive is
a co-created research project made by South African artist duo the Lo-Def Film
Factory in collaboration with researchers, artists and thinkers.
It examines Africa’s role in an historical event that changed the future of
humanity: the nuclear bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki in
1945. The uranium used to make these bombs was extracted from Shinkolobwe mine
in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The central role played by the DRC,
along with exploitative mining and its consequences for local populations, have
been largely hidden from official histories of the bomb. By extending their
research to South Africa, the Lo-Def Film Factory shows that, from the 19th
century onwards, exploitation and mapping of the subsoil became increasingly
intensive as new, more efficient methods of extraction developed.
This website was
produced while in residence. What Stays – Archiving Care is a year-long project
in cooperation with transmediale festival, The JUNGE AKADEMIE of the Academy of
Arts, and the Goethe-Institut Slovakia