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Lamento Bolivariano

In June 2015, I traveled to South America following the naive desire to observe societies resisting against Neoliberal doctrine. My expectations were far from satisfied.

A trip of more than ten months through Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia. A journey that came at a time when the financial crisis was shaking even the most progressive governments and communities of Latin America. These photos document the stories of the people who live in this harsh reality. From the Paraguayan truckers, to the Cimarrón musicians, the Colombian healers, the Venezuelan militants, the hunters of caimans and the solitary travelers. These pictures are from the cerros of Caracas to the villas of Buenos Aires, the comunas of Medellin, the rocks of Valparaiso, Cochabamba’s indigenous communities, Manhaus’s harbor and the Caribbean beaches

Everywhere the crisis was hitting strongly and everywhere people responded with self-organization, struggles and popular culture. An Argentinian famous song titled Lamento Boliviano romanticizes the stereotype of native people getting drunk in order to reduce the pain of their poor existence. Here, the complain has a political perspective: resisting in the unequal war that imperialism and reactionary forces are boosting against them. 

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