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GOOD LUCK + Q&A with Ben Russell
7th February 2018 @ 18:30 - 22:00
TATE MODERN presents: GOOD LUCK + Q&A with Ben Russell – Journey through this humane portrait of two mining communities on opposite ends of the world.
Artist-filmmaker Ben Russell joins us to present the UK premiere of his feature film Good Luck, which premiered as a multi-room installation at documenta 14 in 2017.
Beginning with a 600-metre descent into the depths of the earth, Russell’s latest film explores two mining communities operating on opposite sides of a hostile world: the state employees of a copper mine in Serbia, and the labourers of an illegal gold mine in the tropical landscape of Suriname. Moving between dark and light, north and south, Good Luck pays close attention to the sense of community that forms between workers. Eleven black-and-white portraits of miners in both sites are woven through the film, shining a light on the human face of capital.
From the outset, it felt too easy to critique a process that all of us are directly implicated in, to have a public opinion about the horrors and environmental destruction that are part and parcel of the mining process – be it legal or illegal. It ultimately wasn’t the process that interested me as much as the side effects of the process: the community that arises out of harsh conditions, the collective that manifests out of necessity. I spent months in these mines simply because I wanted to better understand how men persevere. —Ben Russell