The exhibit “Polvo. Una reflexión crítica en torno al impacto de la minería en México” shown at UNAM’s Museo de Geología, analyzes the impact of strip mining in Mexico, and mining in general. The purpose is to encourage critical thinking to reconsider the social and environmental impact of mining, as well as our relationship with geological resources, specifically mineral resources.

The exhibit also examines the sudden and rapid development of the mining industry in Mexico during the past few years and the negative impact corporate investments have had on regional biodiversity. Mining is currently one of the industries with the most growth, and its activities are among the most polluting, affecting both the social fabric and the environment throughout the country.

The exhibit displays the project commissioned to the artist Miguel Fernández de Castro, entitled Historia geológica del polvo, which centers on the excess spoil generated by strip mining, which severely erodes and contaminates the soil and reduces its fertility.  Excess spoil (sterile soil) resulting from strip mining is left behind by mining companies, thus polluting waters and impacting the environment of the surrounding region.

Miguel Fernández de Castro’s project includes excess spoil from Sonora, and a series of photographs summarizing instances of mining. The exhibit offers data to contextualize the problem and provide a comprehensive approach to mining in México. With this project on mining we hope to nurture informed environmental awareness among our neighbors and to encourage a growing and direct involvement with sustainability issues and improvement of developmental policies sensitive to nature.

The exhibit is visited by neighbors and school groups who engage in didactic dynamics concerning the topic.