The artists’ talk and reception begins at 2:30 p.m. at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, which is featuring the artists’ exhibition, “The Price of Gold: Mechanized Gold Mining vs. Rainforest Cultures in El Chocó, Colombia,” through June 15. The program is free and open to the public.
In rivers and streams of Colombia’s El Chocó region, traditional artisanal panning for gold is being replaced by mechanized mining. This new practice represents a threat to traditional economic and social structures, as well as to Chocó’s rich rain forest environment. And there looms the even greater threat of large-scale mining by transnational corporations, the artists say.
The El Chocó Mining project, which combines photography, line drawings and texts, grows out of Kelsey and Cagan’s long engagement as artists and as activists. They have been working to support the communities of El Chocó by providing visual materials and by telling the miners’ stories.
Kelsey has done work that visually explores relationships between people and their environment. Painting and drawings from her work in Latin American rain forests have been exhibited in several cities and publications. Her work in Central America was supported by a Fulbright fellowship.
Cagan has been photographing in this area of El Chocó for 12 and has developed a network of friendships and professional relationships in institutions and communities. His article on gold mining in El Chocó was published by ReVista, the journal of The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard. His work in Latin America has been supported by two Fulbright fellowships.
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