Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Ore Black Ore

khadija von zinnenburg carroll, pavel bucher, ore black ore

‘You may not be enthusiastic about stromatolites and the cyanobacteria, but given that they paid for the nations‘s Nissan Patrols and Miele electric ovens, television sets and holidays in Provence, Australians might at the very least spare them a kind thought in their prayers. Nearly one third of Australia’s export income comes from the sale of minerals from Western Australia, and those little micro-organisms were working away quietly on behalf of this export industry some 2.5 billion years ago…’ – George Seddon, Time, Gentlemen, Please, Griffith Review, 2006

Living in symbiosis to paint the Bradshaw caves, cyanobacteria are also the spark inside steel, the Iron Ore that fuels the Australian mining industry. The economics of this geology simultaneously drives a disregard and destruction of the country and its rock art. The Ore Black Ore project is based on interviews with scientific expert on cyanobacteria and black fungi, Anna Gorbushina. The camera is poised between a microscopic life and an art history of ekphrasis – of images told, recorded as text -, while the installation hovers between screen and what the screen screens off. The work tells a story of cyanobacteria as an Ur-colonization of the Australian country.

Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp, 2014

Composition by Rebekah Wilson, Camera by Kruno Vrbat, Still Photographs from John Gollings and Anna Gorbushina. Curated by Mihnea Mircan.



Continuing experiments with photography through microscopes include images such as this above of the paint on the cover of the book.



The Sign Painters

Platform Gallery, Melbourne, 2003


exhibition, platform gallery, melbourne, india, painting


t-urn to disurn

my hand, mother, is your urn
I have practiced letting go
spreading my hand so your ash
can fly from between my fingers

lundgren monuments, funerary monuments, performance art, feminism,

This installation was commissioned (of LOOK, together with Alex Schweder) by Lundgren Monuments and t-urns to the significant last act performed by those commemorating a departed one. This means engaging in a process of disurning between funerary ceremonies and monuments of the classic ornamental vase type. Focusing on the act of burying ashes in the water or earth our design leaves a trace both on the substance they dissolve into and on the gloves that we make especially for those wishing to take part. These traces of the ashes that are cast into colored spheres then remain as a memorial to the departed.