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Nicholas Mangan: Mining Histories

BY DAVID ROBERT HOMEWOOD

An Australian artist unearths Nauru's 60-year-old experience of mineral exploitation, showing how the island's fate has implications well beyond its tiny landmass

NICHOLAS MANGAN, Nauru – Notes from a Cretaceous World, 2010, still from HD video installation. Courtesy the artist, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, and Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland.

Faded postcard visions of a primitive paradise are littered amid rusted excavation equipment, derelict satellite dishes and lunar landscapes in Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Mangan’s recent investigation into the environmental destruction of the South Pacific island of Nauru. The

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