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375. Robin Hinsch


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Robin Hinsch is a German artist

Episode 375: Robin Hinsch, a German artist, joins me to speak about his recent book, Walhala, published by GOST.

Portrait of Ese Awolowo at a natural Gas flaring Site in Ughelli, Niger Delta, Nigeria. Together with her mother, she is using the heat of the flaring site to try things to sell it afterwards at the markets.

Walhala is a challenging book that points to many uncomfortable possibilities regarding our ecological moment. Hinsch visited many different geographies, such as Nigeria, Silesia, the coal belt of Jharkhand, India; and the open cast mines of Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and Silesia in Poland. According to Dr. Sophie Opitz…

‘Wahala’ translates the violence of these global mechanisms of fossil fuel extraction into visibilities that help us grasp their complexity… Now we can understand: with the exploitation of the planet, we destroy ourselves’ – Dr. Sophie Charlotte Opitz.

A fire in an open cast mine in dhanbad, india.

Hinsch’s images remind one of the paintings of Victorian artist John Martin. They brood and look hellish on occasion. The artist has delved in deeply to look at a world at war with its inhabitants. It is a powerful book. Please listen in!

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Music: Algiers, with their full permission
Editing: Adam Mead
Photograph Credit: Robin Hinsch and GOST
Executive Producer: Brad Feuerhelm

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