Brazilian Amazon has become one of the world’s most violent non conflict zones in recent years, due to rapid urbanisation related to huge development projects, land conflicts over natural resources and drug wars stemming from to close proximity to cocaine production territories in Colombia and Peru.
Described as “the last new world” Brazil’s Amazon is a sparsely populated territory bigger than the European Union that until the 1970s remained almost untouched, now attracting thousands of migrant workers to build mega projects like hydroelectric dams. At the same time, the region is experiencing a California gold rush like drive to extract timber and gold and raise cattle for beef, which is causing record number of killings of environmental activists and indigenous leaders.
My aim is to continue to document this process which I began in 2014, photographing scenes of conflict and development projects with portraits of the key actors involved.
I want to expand on the subjects I have already covered relating to drivers of violence in the Brazilian Amazon region and next will document violence relating illegal goldmining, deforestation for cattle raising and displacement through violence of Brazil indigenous tribes. The project will ultimately convey how consumption fuels violence in the