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The words Asbestos the Magic Mineral adorned the facade of the Jonh's-Manville pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. At the time, this phrase stood for the promise of a material that would come to provide prosperity and security for us all. Asbestos was welcomed as if it were gold. Today, more than 80 years later, little remains of the promising panacea: asbestos appears to be the dormant death in our midst.
In the exhibition Asbestos the Magic Mineral at art space Nieuw Dakota, Anne-Jan Reijn opens the doors of his asbestos temple. The asbestos minerals that Reijn himself extracted from a mine raise questions about the thin line between safety and danger to which we expose ourselves.