19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Mineros and Enviroment

This image is part of a series that aims to represent Andean Countries, stuck in between the Past and Future. I choose diptych as format to catch the social and cultural dualism, a long time stratification of Society. The Andean Territory is rich of raw materials, such as Lithium, Copper and Silver. Mining activity in South America is stictly linked with soil erosion and desertification, labour exploitation and economic dependence on foreign investments. But also the high content of substances contained in waste such as mercury, zinc and copper are having disastrous consequences on the environment and health.

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Date Taken: 04.2020
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Potosì, Bolivia
Copyright: © Nicoletta Cerasomma