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In this publication, a make-believe cocaine museum turns into a vantage aspect from which to evaluate the lives of Afro-Colombian gold miners drawn into the harmful international of cocaine construction within the rain woodland of Colombia's Pacific Coast. even though modeled at the recognized Gold Museum in Colombia's relevant financial institution, the Banco de los angeles República, Taussig's museum can also be a parody geared toward the museum's failure to recognize the African slaves who mined the country's wealth for nearly 400 years.

Combining common heritage with political heritage in a filmic, montage kind, Taussig deploys the show-and-tell modality of a museum to have interaction with the internal lifetime of warmth, rain, stone, and swamp, at the least with the lifetime of gold and cocaine.

This attempt to discover a poetry of phrases turning into issues is delivered to a head by way of the explosive features of these chic fetishes of evil good looks, gold and cocaine. At its middle, Taussig's museum is set the trap of forbidden issues, charged elements that transgress ethical codes, the differences we use to make experience of the realm, and notably the normal means we write stories.

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