Wednesday, May 23 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, May 24 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, May 25 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, May 26 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, May 27 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Monday, May 28 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, May 29 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 30 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, May 31 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, June 1 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, June 2 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
The Wildcat Gold Miners of the Amazon Rainforest Exhibition
Location: Ocean Gallery
The UCSB Library presents an exhibition of photographs of gold mines in the Brazilian Amazon. Curated by Jeffrey Hoelle, UCSB Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Jonathan Rissmeyer, UCSB Senior Artist.
The wildcat miners who work in the small-scale gold mining camps of the Brazilian Amazon are known as garimpeiros. Across the centuries, garimpeiros have scoured the most remote reaches of the Amazon rainforest in search of gold. The garimpeiros unearth the gold that shines across the world, but they have the dirtiest of reputations. Gold mining is responsible for an estimated 10% Amazonian deforestation, as well as mercury contamination and sedimentation of vital rivers. In international news reports, garimpeiros are presented as violent and immoral villains pillaging the forest beyond the reach of the law. This exhibition provides a deeper understanding of Amazonian garimpeiros through anthropological research conducted in the garimpos in 2014 and 2015.