Photo Journal Mondays: Júlia Pontés

Photo Journal Mondays: Júlia Pontés

Machine Operator Room © Júlia Pontés

Machine Operator Room © Júlia Pontés

Project: Pig Iron

Mining is so deeply rooted in the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais, that it runs in the blood of almost every single citizen – including my own. The smell of burned iron ore is familiar and oddly comforting.

Office Hallway © Júlia Pontés

Office Hallway © Júlia Pontés

The women in my family have a genetic disease that their bodies have a limited capacity of processing iron - I started showing the first signs of it in the past few years.

Male Restroom © Júlia Pontés

Male Restroom © Júlia Pontés

Conversely, my family had an iron processing plant for almost 55 years, founded by my grandfather. His endeavor prospered and led to its expansion a few decades later. I owe all the opportunities I had in life to the iron industry.

Samples room © Júlia Pontés

Samples room © Júlia Pontés

Life runs in cycles and, the now abandoned plant, has been properly reclaimed by nature and the spaces filled with new life.

Quality Control © Júlia Pontés

Quality Control © Júlia Pontés

Even though 85% of the State’s economy revolves around mining - and around 15% in the country’s economy. It has been causing uncountable environmental devastation, destruction and social disparities. As a side effect of this activity in the State, there is semi slavery, high levels of prostitution, lack of water, pollution, increase of temperature, etc. I am now fierce activist against mining activities in my state, but historically, I was part of the system.

Furnace Window © Júlia Pontés

Furnace Window © Júlia Pontés

In the land as a body, mining exploration is a violent act of penetration. The new matter is conquered by a constant extirpation where the subject is defenseless.

Office © Júlia Pontés

Office © Júlia Pontés

Iron Ore Dispenser #1 © Júlia Pontés

Iron Ore Dispenser #1 © Júlia Pontés

Furnace #1 © Júlia Pontés

Furnace #1 © Júlia Pontés

Iron Ore Dispenser # 2 © Júlia Pontés

Iron Ore Dispenser # 2 © Júlia Pontés

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