location SALTWORKS CASTLE
DATE 26 April - 31 August 2024
The 31 large-format photographs show 30 mines in 18 countries on three continents: mainly in Europe, but also North America and Australia. Beneath each photograph is a QR code that leads to extended photo galleries. In addition, the exhibition is accompanied by old mining tools.
The oldest photograph in the exhibition is about 160 years old and shows miners in front of the entrance to the adit of a cobalt mine in Amot, Norway. The youngest, on the other hand, is about 70 years old. All of them have a common denominator: they are old, black and white and show the miners at work at different times, before starting work, in the changing room, before entering the adit, during a meal. The miners carry out a variety of work, so you can see the extraction of raw materials with drills, the moment before the detonation of charges, the descent of people by lift into the underground, the transport of excavated material by carts pushed by people or pulled by horses or machines, the operation of hoists, a group of miners' carpenters building wooden supports or surveyors taking measurements.

The photographs offer a glimpse into the underground of mines extracting salt, hard coal and lignite, silver, gold, copper, iron ore, cobalt, mercury and limestone. They also provide an opportunity to compare the working conditions there, the tools and equipment used, the lighting or the miners' clothing. Brief descriptions provide information about the individual mines and the museums from which the photographs originate.

The mines presented come from: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, USA and Italy.


Curator of the exhibition: Jakub Strynowicz
Visual design and exhibition arrangement: Anita Mrugacz and Robert Sagan
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