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22-25 November 2016


Wolframio is a project currently underway that Eva Lootz began for the exhibition Cut Through the Fog. It is a research project that looks into the role of the tungsten mines in Galicia during World War II, as well as the repercussions that the extraction of this metal had on Galicia's social fabric.

Although initially it was conceived as a solo project by the artist, Wolframio is actually designed to become a collective project that contributes to bridging the gap between the social body and the art institution. It is not in vain that Eva Lootz conceives culture in general and art in particular as devices to revitalise critical thinking and mobilising stagnated democracies.

At the end of the nineteen-thirties Galicia became the main supplier of tungsten to Nazi Germany, a raw material that they needed to harden the steel in their tanks and projectiles. This fact led to the often mentioned—but never fully cleared up—‘tungsten war.’

Coinciding with the end of the Spanish Civil War and in view of the scarce labour force in the mines, during that period contingents of political prisoners were destined to the extractive labour.

This episode, today still repressed in the general conscience, marked the life of thousands of people and it is behind the origin of large fortunes. Its interest does not lie hardly in its aspect of crime fiction, but in the fact that it constitutes an example, explicit and relatively close in time, of how the relationship between strategic raw materials, violence and the interests of power are kept in a state of limbo.

This Project aims to answer the following questions:
What mines in Galicia are tungsten mines and where are they located?
How many men, women, and children worked in these mines from 1939 to 1955?
How much tungsten was extracted from the Galician mines and sent to Germany?
How did the tungsten mining industry affect the GNP of the Galician population and what was its impact on emigration?
Who were the main beneficiaries of the trafficking of tungsten?

To date, the only question for which a satisfactory answer has been found is the geographic situation. During the different sessions, we will have the participation of several people whose lives are somehow linked to the episode that is the subject of this investigation. They all share the conviction with the artist that it is worth shedding light on the events for, in the words of Eva Lootz: ‘not cutting through the fog that dwells on badly healed wounds paralyses the initiatives of today.’

Eva Lootz (Vienna, Austria, 1940) is an artist who has been living in Spain since 1968 and whose work is characterised by its use of heterogeneous registers (sculpture, photography, film, installations, and sound interventions) and a strong interest in the interaction between matter and language. 

In 1994 she received the Spanish National Visual Arts Prize; in 2009, the Tomás Francisco Prieto Award from the Real Casa de la Moneda; in 2010, the MAV Award for Women in Visual Arts; and in 2013, the award from the Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo. 

Among her exhibitions it is worth highlighting: Noche, decían (Night, they said) (Barcelona, 1987), A Farewell to Isaac Newton (London, 1994), La lengua de los pájaros (The language of birds) (Palacio de Cristal del Retiro,  MNCARS, Madrid, 2002), A la izquierda del padre (To the left of the father) (Casa de la Moneda, Madrid, 2010) and La canción de la tierra (Song of the earth) (Tabacalera, Madrid, 2016).


RECIPIENTS: Because these are interdisciplinary research sessions, they are open to all adults who are interested in the subject and specifically to people with an educational background in art, history, geology, sociology, and anthropology.

ENROLMENT: Anyone interested in enrolling may send an email to or call 981 546 631. Applications must be accompanied by a letter of intent with a brief explanation of the candidate's connection with the proposed subject and the following data must also be included: full name, education, area of work or interest, email address, and contact telephone number.

Deadline for the reception of applications ends Monday, 20th November.

SEATS: minimum 5 / maximum 20


The CGAC will issue a certificate of attendance and achievement to all workshop participants.


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