The story behind the artwork
South Americas biggest illegal goldmine. Brazil, Garimpo Eldorado Do Juma. Piece by piece will every hill and rock, no matter the size, be washed apart with a fire hose until it all turns into a thick slurry. The slurry is then filtered, strained and washed with mercury. And since gold is the heaviest metal it will eventually be the only thing that’s left to pick up.- – Eldorado do Juma was once covered by untouched rainforest; what is known as virgin rainforest. But the virgin was transformed into a mud hole of mine pits when a host of poor Brazilians arrived in the thousands. The first ones came in 2006, and since then primitive wooden houses, bars and brothels have been shooting up. At its peak, 3 to 400 kilos of gold were hosed up from the red soil every week. Back then there were approximately 8000 gold-diggers or garimpeiros as they are called in Brazil. Today, just a few years later, the output is about 10 kilos per week.
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Mads Nissen was born in Denmark in 1979. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism he moved for two years to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of China’s historic economic rise. In 2009, he was selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass. After working in China for such publications as Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Stern, he returned to his home country, where he is now based. In Denmark, Nissen worked for Berlingske/Scanpix, and in 2014 joined the daily Politiken as a staff photographer. Nissen’s work has been awarded among others in the World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year contests, as well as receiving 15 awards from the Danish Picture of the Year, including twice both Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year. He has published two books, Amazonas in 2013 by Gyldendal and De Faldne (The Fallen) in 2010 by People’s Press, about the Danish killed in the war in Afghanistan. (Read more…).