The Potosí Principle.
© Alice Creischer, Max Jorge Hinderer, Andreas Siekmann.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
8 October 2010 – 2 January 2011

Potosí, the famous silver-mining city, synonymous with immense wealth and unbridled exploitation, was the capital of the mining industry in Latin America from the 16th to the 18th century and played a crucial role in the development of European capitalism and the migrations associated with it. Even today, the expression vale un Potosí—worth a fortune—is commonly used in Spanish.

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