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Black World is a reportage on illegal mineral extractions created as a tryptych: three continents (South America, Africa, Asia), three countries (Colombia, D.R.Congo, India), three illegally extracted minerals (gold, coltan, coal) and three causes that lead to criminality. In Colombia, in a remote area of Antioquia, a community of gold miners has been struggling to fight for its own existence for years, asking the government to legalize the mine. This request amidst the dangers of working underground with inadequate equipment and under definite threat of being killed by paramilitary groups. In D.R.Congo, where the absence of government, the division of power between different military groups and the intrusion of shameless and unethical foreign interests have caused a complete military arming of the economy and a real marketing of violence. In this chaos the natural resources, particularly coltan, become oxygen for the smouldering embers of war. In India, where the population of the small village of Bokohapadi is forced to steal its own coal found underground. This, because of industrial-scaled extraction projects run by government-aided companies, categorically without acknowledging or compensating the rightful owners of the land.
22x22 cm, 96 pages, 88 photographs (2015)
PX3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016: Gold medal in Professional Book Documentary and Bronze medal in Professional Book People for "Black World". Honorable mentions for "Black World" series and "Illegal gold in Colombia".
IPA - International Photography Awards 2016: 2nd place, category Book Documentary. Dhaka and Chittangong: every year more than 200 big vessels are dismantled. Most of the vessels are totally dismantled, and others are repaired with second hand parts and sold for use limited only to Bengali waters. Aftermath is a research on the vessels cemeteries, but also on the conditions of the man, the daily life of workers.
22x22 cm, 96 pages, 65 photographs (2016)
- Erberto Zani Erberto Zani
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Black World book illegal minerals extractions mines inside miners job portrait people life survive violence hard life hard work weapons gold coltan coal Colombia Carrizal Democratic Republic of Congo Masisi Rubaya India Antioquia North Kivu Jharkhand reportage black & white Erberto Zani documentary long term project 96 pages PX3-2016 Gold Medal. Aftermath Asia Bangladesh Dhaka Chittagong ship breaking rebuilding yards hard work survive extreme conditions workers daily life contemporary theme reportage Erberto Zani www.erbertozani.com
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