Maarten Vanden Eynde

Maarten Vanden Eynde - Wheel of FortuneWheel of Fortune, 2015 (in collaboration with Musasa)

Triangular Trade investigates the influence of transport and trade of pivotal materials (like rubber, oil,
ivory, copper, cotton, gold and uranium), but also people, on exponential economic growth, the creation of nations and other power structures. The project traces back the origin of the different materials and follows their (r)evolutionary path as they are processed and transformed into 'world changing wonders'.

I started in 2015 by investigating the historic under-recognised and often forgotten importance and influence of Kongo (currently D.R. Congo) and it's natural resources on the history of human kind. After three working periods in D.R. Congo I expanded my research to the Southern States where materials like cotton, copper and uranium played a leading role in the triangular trade. Ultimately I merge old and contemporary stories of trade and colonisation with physical remnants of technological evolution.