The recent boom in resource extraction in Latin America and the intense conflicts surrounding extraction have attracted the notice of many communities of practice and media genres and generated new modes of representation that bring together different publics. Many of these strongly emphasize the visual as a direct and (ostensibly) accessible mode of communication. Recent visually-oriented representations of extraction and responses to it include Sebastião Salgado's famous series of gold miners in Serra Pelada, Brazil; documentary films such as La Hija de la Laguna (about the conflict between the Yanacocha mining company and communities near the site of a proposed open-pit mine known as the Conga project); and photo essays in...
Gold and Bateas: Visuality, Tactility, Representation, Politics
Elizabeth Ferry—is a professor of anthropology at Brandeis University, with interests in value, materiality, mining, and finance, and with fieldwork emphases in Mexico, Colombia, and the United States. She is the author of Not Ours Alone: Patrimony, Value and Collectivity in Contemporary Mexico (Columbia, 2005) and Minerals, Collecting and Value across the U.S.-Mexican Border (Indiana, 2013); co-editor, with Mandana Limbert, of Timely Assets: The Politics of Resources and Temporalities (SAR Press, 2008); and many articles.
Since the late 1980s, Stephen Ferry has covered social and political change, human rights, and the environment for National Geographic, GEO, Time, the New York Times, and other publications. Stephen's first book, I Am Rich Potosí: The Mountain That Eats Men (Monacelli Press, 1999), documents the lives of Quechua miners of Potosí, Bolivia. His second book, Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict (Umbrage, 2012), has become a referential work for the study of Colombian history, armed conflict, and human rights.
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Elizabeth Ferry, Stephen Ferry; Gold and Bateas: Visuality, Tactility, Representation, Politics. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 1 October 2019; 1 (4): 90–97. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2019.140008
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