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La Batea: an Evening with Stephen Ferry

Stephen Ferry

Stephen Ferry

Join us for an evening conversation celebrating Stephen Ferry's book, La Batea

Fruit of a six-year collaboration between 2011 Magnum Foundation grantee Stephen Ferry and his sister, the anthropologist Elizabeth Emma Ferry, La Batea looks closely at small-scale gold mining in Colombia.

La Batea documents the struggles of gold mining communities in Colombia to defend their way of life against armed criminal organizations and multinational corporations seeking their gold. Colombia reflects the situation of local communities worldwide who face violent repression for opposing large-scale mining projects in their territories. While exploring the complex social terrain around gold mining, La Batea engages with the charismatic nature of both gold and mercury. 

Stephen will present on this in-depth, long-term work and discuss the unique process of combining anthropology, photography and the craft of bookmaking to create an experience/object that is at once highly informative and vividly poetic.

Books will be available for purchase and signing!