24 January - 23 April. Part of the research project 'Fissures', Madrid artist Paloma Polo explores the complex relationship between scientific development and European colonial expansion in the 19th century and early 20th century.
She focuses in particular on British astrophysicist Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington's 1919 expedition to Principe Island, a former Portuguese colony in the Gulf of Guinea, in his attempt to prove Einstein's theory of relativity through observating the effects of a total solar eclipse.
Polo presents connections between the expedition's scientific goals and slavery in cocoa plantations in the Gulf of Guinea.
This exhibition is included in the Miradas de Mujeres Festival, organised by MAV (Women in the Visual Arts).
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Paloma Polo: Posición aparente (Apparent position)
Mon-Sat 10.00-21.00, Sun 10.00-14.30 Reina Sofía Museum (MNCARS), C/ Santa Isabel 52, tel. +34917741000.