In 2000, I traveled to the land of the “garimpeiros” in the Brazilian Amazon. The garimpeiros are self-employed gold diggers who came to the region to work in one of the richest deposits of alluvial gold ever found.
In this world of men, I discovered the hidden universe of women: the Amazons. Whether cooks, shop owners or prostitutes, they were all women of strong personalities. Just like the gold-seeking men, they had come in search of an Eldorado. What had they expected? What did they find?
This project questions the myths and dreams that drive men and women to leave the world they know, venturing out to discover a new life of countless expectations.
“Ouro no Barraco” – text by Alain Lestra
Cejup publications (Brazil) / 2001