Room 02: Arts of Co-Labouring

Wall: Amazon 


Doing fieldwork is an immersive way for academics to exchange knowledge, establish new collaborations and sometimes maintain long-term relationships in the field, and capture the perspectives of local actors. Gold miners and others who live and work in the mining communities, illustrate their everyday working life in their own words, drawings and tools. Old photos become an opportunity to talk about the history and motivation of people coming to the Amazon. Formal interviews and occasional conversations occur both inside and outside the mines, including cooperative workplaces, state offices, and local government headquarters. A coffee break in the mine, garimpo in Brazilian Portuguese, is an opportunity for approaching a cook in her kitchen, gaining insight on what it means to be a woman working in a male-dominated context. Building trustworthy relationships is at the core of understanding how garimpeiros envision their futures.

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