Leslie Moreno Custodio

Wild copper
Location: Peru
Nationality: Peruvian
Biography: Leslie is a photographer and reporter based in Peru. Her work explores topics from an ethnographic and a documentary perspective. She focuses on stories related to social justice, environment and identity. She is a graduated communicator with a... MORE
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Wild copper
Copyright Leslie Moreno Custodio 2023
Updated Dec 2022
Location Peru
Topics Documentary, Environment, Latin America, Photography, Portrait, Reportage, Social Justice, Water

Commission for Diálogo Chino

In Cusco and Apurímac, regions of the Peruvian Andes where the route known as the mining corridor is located, two of the richest copper projects in the country are based: Las Bambas and Antapaccay. The country is one of the world’s largest copper producers, second only to Chile, and with the metal representing nearly 30% of its total exports. But in spite of these economic gains, the industry poses difficulties for local communities. Complaints of damage to the environment –due to pollution generated by dust from metal transport trucks and dumping of mine tailings into rivers– as well as health problems in these areas remain unresolved.

This series was carried out in October 2022 to understand the affectations from the point of view of the neighboring peasant communities to the mining projects. People who make a living from livestock and agriculture say: “Our products are no longer normal. When we take them to the market people don’t buy our potatoes and meat. They tell us that our products are contaminated. How are we going to live!”
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