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Mapping Domeyko

Portfolio Mapping Domeyko

This project inspired by journeys of the Polish mineralogist, Ignacy Domeyko (1802-1889).

Ignacy Domeyko is famous for his achievements in mineralogy, education and respected for his modest approach to life. He participated in educational projects that focused on the sustainable development of people and industry and sought the inclusivity and protection of indigenous communities.

A citizen of the world, Domeyko was born in Niedźwiadka Wielka in 1802 within the Russian partition of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and lived most of his life in his adopted Chile.

Using as a starting point Domeyko’s memoirs My Travels (Diaries in Exile), the project maps out Domeyko’s global movements, exploring his blurred national identity, between Chile, Lithuania and Poland. While living in Chile, Domeyko had been sharing rare mineral speciments with European academies in France and Poland (1) Musee de Minéralogie at Mines ParisTech, Paris; France (2) Museo Mineralógico Ignacio Domeyko, Universidad de La Serena, Chile; (3) Muzeum Geologiczne Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Kraków; and (4) Muzeum Geologiczne Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków, Poland.

As part of the project, we are facilitating a cultural exchange of ores specimens between two of these museums, Muzeum Geologiczne and Museo Mineralógico Ignacio Domeyko.

An exhibition of this work is scheduled for 2017 at Laznia, Centre for Contemporary, Gdańsk, Poland.

Mapping Domeyko is a collaborative project between Ignacio Acosta & Jakub Bojczuk.