STRATA

This project uses raffia and cobalt, a material that is extracted through mining and recently became a crucial commodity needed for rechargeable batteries. Cobalt is very often sourced from the Congo through labor practices that infringe on human rights laws, perpetuating colonial and neo-colonial strategies of acquiring raw material from Africa.

The following works are made by dismantling phone batteries to extract the copper, cobalt oxide and aluminum to create a dye. The raffia is then dyed in this solution and then stitched together with the copper. The dying technique refers to a Congolese method of creating Kuba cloth, though modified to create motifs of rock strata to discuss both ideas of mining and repeated histories.