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February 2019

La Batea: Exploring Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Colombia

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Arthur Lakes Library, 1410 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Colombia (also variously known as “informal,” “illegal,” “criminal,” “traditional,” and “ancestral” miners) are often caught between large-scale, transnational mining companies and the state on the one hand and anti-mining activists on the other. Both sides tend to lump together and stigmatize these workers and the activities who represent them, depicting them as thugs, polluters, or simply anachronisms. In this project by a non-fiction photographer and anthropologist, we seek to break apart this stigmatized category…

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