VELASQUEZ

BAREQUERO , AW24

In this globalized world driven by the pursuit of generating and accumulating capital, mining has become one of the tools through which transactional capital enters dominated countries within the international context. The countries where this economic control is exercised are those that have been categorized as the Third World since the era of conquest and colonization.

It is more than evident that capitalistic logics consistently move in the opposite direction of nature’s rhythms and its respective elements. Furthermore, it demonstrates that even though one lives amidst wealth, without ownership of the means of production, it signifies nothing more than a sentence to a wretched life with no assurance of thriving.

Marmato, a small town in the Northwest of Colombia, is historically known as a miner town, where mining activities have taken place since pre-colonial times when indigenous people inhabited the land.

A town characterized by its own multicultural composition, a place inhabited by indigenous, afro.descendants, farmers, traditional miners and foreigners have all constructed a magical place around the precious metal of gold.

Up until our days, Marmato is on the verge of undergoing a process of identity loss due to the intrusion of foreign companies that only aim to exploit the territory and its riches, without even considering the rights of the community and the dangers of open-pit mining which is often the most polluting as it generates enormous amounts of sterile rock and dust, and contaminates large quantities of water, resulting in detrimental consequences for the environment and the displacement of those around it.