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Bolivia Mineworkers

Neca Dantas | Bolivia

For a very long time women were not allowed to work in the mines. Today, they are also members of
cooperatives and like the men are poor and exploited.

 Bolivia Mineworkers is an ongoing project that explores the lives and work conditions of the men, women and children.
My aim is to give voice to the voiceless and to address the continual colonial labor practices and laws in regards to the dangerous work where the benefits of employment are nonexistent.

Considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, mineworkers upon entering the mines, can expect to live only twenty more years. In Bolivia, the substandard working conditions are a result of lack of funds for investment in machinery and infrastructure. There is no adequate lighting, pumped oxygen and rail cars. They work very long hours for less than $15 a day and are exposed to gas and chemicals. Miners in this country are clearly exploited.

The images are a reminder of the harsh working conditions and how it takes a heavy toll on human spirit.

 I was born in Brazil and moved to the United States where I attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned a degree in International Relations. I am the second prize winner of 2012 Colors of Life and The World Bank international competition, “Investing in Women and Girls”, Washington DC, curated by Marina Galvani – the art curator from The World Bank arts program.

My work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and publications in the United States, and it focuses on capturing moments that evoke the social and economic aspects of the world.



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