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Piatsaw: A document on the Resistance of the Native Peoples of Ecuadorian Amazon against extractivism.
Photographer: Nicola Okin Frioli
Exhibit Title: Piatsaw: A document on the Resistance of the Native Peoples of Ecuadorian Amazon against extractivism.
This photo-documentary tells the story of the resistance that the indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Amazon have waged against extractive companies that threaten their territories through continuous concessions and the obvious contamination caused by the oil company Texaco, during its presence in the country.
In 1964, Texaco (now Chevron), arrived in Ecuador with a concession of 1.5 million hectares in the provinces of Sucumbíos and Orellana. At that time, they were extracting oil from the 450,000 hectares in their ownership.
The oil giant admitted in court to having dumped 19 billion gallons of crude oil and harmful chemicals directly into unlined rivers and pools in a particularly biodiverse region of the Ecuadorian rainforest over decades.
The inhabitants of the region suffered the consequences of extraction, their health and future were affected by contaminants present in the soil and groundwater, quantities exceeding permissible levels in Ecuador.
Following the events that indelibly marked the future of many families, the native peoples, threatened by the continuous concessions to companies for extractive activities, applied different defense methodologies against mining, oil companies and the Government.
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