Marcos Zegers

United Kingdom
www.marcoszegers.cl

Photographer becoming from an architecture formation focused on territorial issues and sociocultural conflicts.

From Chile, currently based in London

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

This long-term visual investigation portrays the relationship that exists between extractive mining processes and the social and cultural displacements that occur.
For almost two centuries, the Atacama Desert has been a constant source of mineral resource extraction. The "Nitrate Offices" have left the mark of an era of riches and bad practices. Today the situation is repeated as an exact cycle: what was nitrate passed to copper and today it turns to lithium. Lithium is the "White petrol" but today, the governments are not prepared to regulate these activities. Water rights are being sold to mining companies and local communities can't develop agriculture.

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Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Gullotine

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Nitrate Era Cementery

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Nitrate office Abandone House (palms in the desert)

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Dead Horse in Mining Residues Areas

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Lithium Begins

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Children in Border Village (Men are working on the other side)

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Water conflicts fields

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Men Return for the Carnival

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Chuquicamata Coper Mine

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Water Source

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Borax

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Nirate Structures

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Dead Flamingo in Salt Flats

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

Port, the end

Mining, Lithium and Exodus in the Atacama Desert (Chile -Bolivia)

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