The Gold We inherited, the Gold of Our Dreams

The Gold We inherited, the Gold of Our Dreams

{"id":22170,"grant_id":12,"user_id":12085,"grant_submission_status_id":4,"grant_result_type_id":null,"cover_block_id":244954,"story_id":24985,"place_id":null,"title":"The Gold We inherited, the Gold of Our Dreams","excerpt":null,"excerpt_raw":null,"body":"<p>Gold\u202fhas fascinated mankind for millennia. What ancient civilization did not glimpse\u202fthe\u202fsun in its yellow glow, or seek proximity to immortality by bathing in its lasting shine? In Peru, my native country,\u202fgold\u202fwas used in\u202fthe\u202fsacred ceremonies of pre-Columbian indigenous cultures as early as 2000 BC, and was later forcibly seized from Incan temples by Spanish conquistadors. As\u202fthe\u202fItalian historian Antonello Gerbi once noted, long before man ever set foot on South America,\u202fthe\u202ffuture of Peru was written in\u202fthe\u202fore embedded in its earth. \r<\/p><p>This is the legacy we Peruvians have inherited. Today, Peru is a major supplier of the gold that circulates in the world, as it was during the Spanish colony. Gold continues to fuel our dreams, shaping events in the process. Global demand for\u202fgold\u202fin recent decades \u2013 from financial traders, banks, tech companies and jewelers \u2013 have supported legal and illegal mines in Peru that have enriched many while enslaving or dispossessing others and polluting the environment. \r<\/p><p>For this project, I turned my lens to focus on\u202fthe bigger picture: gold\u2019s association with both the sacred and the sinister in Peruvian culture throughout the centuries. I visited the cradle of pre-Colombian civilizations that once exalted gold as a symbol of the divine, before the Spanish monetized it by introducing the concept of gold-based coinage and currency. I wanted to explore what gold meant to ancient Peruvians and what significance it still holds for contemporary society. \r<\/p><p>The images expose the tension between gold\u2019s celestial roots and its current use as a status booster. They also hint at the superstitious world that has surrounded the metal throughout time. In northern Peru, an ancient lake believed to hold rich gold deposits remains untouched for fear of angering the valley\u2019s gods. \r<\/p><p>I originally envisioned bright photographs to mimic the sun-like shine of gold. But I ended up being drawn to the darkness surrounding gold\u2019s warm glow that hints at the mystery, greed and violence associated with it throughout time. That, too, I believe, is part of gold\u2019s legacy in Peru. The yellow flicker glimpsed in the darkness, the promise of riches for anyone willing to grasp at it.<\/p>","body_raw":"Gold\u202fhas fascinated mankind for millennia. What ancient civilization did not glimpse\u202fthe\u202fsun in its yellow glow, or seek proximity to immortality by bathing in its lasting shine? In Peru, my native country,\u202fgold\u202fwas used in\u202fthe\u202fsacred ceremonies of pre-Columbian indigenous cultures as early as 2000 BC, and was later forcibly seized from Incan temples by Spanish conquistadors. As\u202fthe\u202fItalian historian Antonello Gerbi once noted, long before man ever set foot on South America,\u202fthe\u202ffuture of Peru was written in\u202fthe\u202fore embedded in its earth. \r\n\r\nThis is the legacy we Peruvians have inherited. Today, Peru is a major supplier of the gold that circulates in the world, as it was during the Spanish colony. Gold continues to fuel our dreams, shaping events in the process. Global demand for\u202fgold\u202fin recent decades \u2013 from financial traders, banks, tech companies and jewelers \u2013 have supported legal and illegal mines in Peru that have enriched many while enslaving or dispossessing others and polluting the environment. \r\n\r\nFor this project, I turned my lens to focus on\u202fthe bigger picture: gold\u2019s association with both the sacred and the sinister in Peruvian culture throughout the centuries. I visited the cradle of pre-Colombian civilizations that once exalted gold as a symbol of the divine, before the Spanish monetized it by introducing the concept of gold-based coinage and currency. I wanted to explore what gold meant to ancient Peruvians and what significance it still holds for contemporary society. \r\n\r\nThe images expose the tension between gold\u2019s celestial roots and its current use as a status booster. They also hint at the superstitious world that has surrounded the metal throughout time. In northern Peru, an ancient lake believed to hold rich gold deposits remains untouched for fear of angering the valley\u2019s gods. \r\n\r\nI originally envisioned bright photographs to mimic the sun-like shine of gold. But I ended up being drawn to the darkness surrounding gold\u2019s warm glow that hints at the mystery, greed and violence associated with it throughout time. That, too, I believe, is part of gold\u2019s legacy in Peru. The yellow flicker glimpsed in the darkness, the promise of riches for anyone willing to grasp at it.","social_approval":0,"is_shortlisted":1,"is_other":0,"is_good":null,"is_strong":0,"is_ongoing":1,"is_unpublished":0,"sent_first_email_reminder":0,"awaiting_payment":1,"has_started_payment":1,"has_started_paypal_payment":0,"is_public":0,"media_ok":0,"has_tracked":1,"amount_paid":27,"original_price":0,"external_id":"cs_live_84SXgzDKaMTErUC2BOooNwdXa93kt5nDAWNgYsh6iCKkg8GGbzgI9Aat","payment_id":"pi_1G6iYFEzbGXaFe0gRqP53Pzy","session_id":null,"token":"IOVspxxDUVKBLLpFZ6kE2NYvUDf4x85I","grant_order_id":5666,"submitted_at":"2020-01-30T19:20:33.000000Z","affiliate_id":null,"is_forced_public":1,"address_1":null,"city":null,"region":null,"country":null,"postcode":null,"codice_fiscale":null,"started_at":"2019-01-01T00:00:00.000000Z","ended_at":null,"created_at":"2020-01-28T22:58:55.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-02-17T11:37:33.000000Z","place":null,"publications":[],"categories":[],"tags":[{"id":28136,"tag":"photoessays","created_at":"2020-01-28T23:31:05.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:31:05.000000Z","pivot":{"grant_submission_id":22170,"tag_id":28136}}],"blocks":[{"id":244954,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367110,"position":-1,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:44.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:17.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367110,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvw8ea8a32fc3.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:44.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:44.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244946,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367103,"position":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:36.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:17.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367103,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvoa5c811b8de.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:36.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:36.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244943,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367099,"position":1,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:30.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:17.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367099,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvhe682f965b4.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:30.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:30.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244950,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367106,"position":2,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:39.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:17.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367106,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvra170411680.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:39.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:39.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244941,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367097,"position":3,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:24.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:17.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367097,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvb78a7f0768d.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:24.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:24.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244951,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367107,"position":4,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:39.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:17.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367107,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvr2b2e7a5f85.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:39.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:39.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244942,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367098,"position":5,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:28.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:17.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367098,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvg9795750fc7.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:28.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:28.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244947,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367102,"position":6,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:36.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:17.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367102,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvo9a6f7ed40b.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:36.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:36.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244944,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367100,"position":7,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:32.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:18.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367100,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvjba4cd57705.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:32.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:32.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244953,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367109,"position":8,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:41.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:18.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367109,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvt734cb3f771.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:41.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:41.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244945,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367101,"position":9,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:35.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:18.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367101,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvma362f91066.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:35.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:35.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244949,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367105,"position":10,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:39.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:18.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367105,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvq1a6562fb24.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:39.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:39.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":249781,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":371386,"position":11,"created_at":"2020-01-30T18:24:45.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:18.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":371386,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4xn5869870a3a8b.jpg","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-30T18:24:45.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:24:45.000000Z"},"story_block":null},{"id":244948,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367104,"position":13,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:38.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:24:54.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367104,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvqc3e4e81c89.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:38.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:38.000000Z"},"story_block":null}],"cover_block_image":{"id":244954,"grant_submission_id":22170,"story_block_id":null,"image_id":367110,"position":-1,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:44.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-30T18:31:17.000000Z","caption":"","caption_raw":null,"deleted_at":null,"image":{"id":367110,"filename":"\/users\/12085\/grant-submissions\/22170\/q4ubvw8ea8a32fc3.JPG","has_tried_to_detect_moderation_labels":0,"has_moderation_labels":0,"moderation_label_json":null,"is_explicit":0,"is_not_explicit":0,"explicit_percentage":0,"created_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:44.000000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-28T23:28:44.000000Z"}},"user":{"id":12085,"firstname":"Marco","lastname":"Garro","username":"marcogarropardo","can_skip_grant_payment":0,"is_unsubscribed_from_grant_emails":0,"disabled_at":null,"gender":"male","has_agreed_to_newsletter":0,"has_agreed_to_newsletter_at":null,"timezone":null,"is_legacy":1,"is_collateral_juror":0,"legacy_id":"fc278250-9ee3-11e3-a000-93a769361d57","accepted_tandcs_may18_at":"2020-01-28 22:57:50","last_logged_in_at":"2021-05-08T19:30:51.000000Z","last_logged_in_country":"US","registered_country":null,"is_not_spam":0,"created_at":"2015-12-01T15:11:50.000000Z","updated_at":"2021-05-08T19:30:51.000000Z","deleted_at":null,"profile":{"id":12075,"user_id":12085,"born_in_id":null,"based_in_id":145509,"currently_in_id":145509,"nationality_id":141,"avatar":"\/users\/12085\/avatars\/q4twjj6105374107.jpg","cover_image":null,"born_at":"1981-12-05T00:00:00.000000Z","profession":null,"bio":"Freelance","long_bio":"<p>Marco Garro (Per\u00fa) B.A in Communications at the University of Lima. He is an award-winning documentary photographer and media producer who focuses on environmental and social issues in his native country Peru. Between 2009 and 2011 He has received two scholarships from Fundaci\u00f3n Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano to participate in workshops and Latin-American meeting of journalist. Between 2016 and 2017, Garro completed a master\u2019s degree program, Mal de Foco, in Lima\u2019s Centro de la Imagen.He joined Supayfotos, a Peruvian collective focused on photo documentalism that has exhibited in Peru and abroad. He represents the Collective in the International photojournalism festival Visa Pour \u00b4image for 4 years straight.In 2018 he received The Photography Residencies \u201cMus\u00e9e du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac\u201d, and in 2017 was first Place in \"the Photography Salon\" by the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute in Lima (Peru). Garro was also received in two year (2016 and 2018) the first place in the press organization IPYS, Peru, as the best photography project.Garro has had a solo exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Per\u00fa, and been part of several group exhibition in festivals and museums exhibitions such Brazil, Spain, Guatemala, the United Kingdom, and the United States.<\/p>","long_bio_raw":"Marco Garro (Per\u00fa) B.A in Communications at the University of Lima. He is an award-winning documentary photographer and media producer who focuses on environmental and social issues in his native country Peru. Between 2009 and 2011 He has received two scholarships from Fundaci\u00f3n Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano to participate in workshops and Latin-American meeting of journalist. Between 2016 and 2017, Garro completed a master\u2019s degree program, Mal de Foco, in Lima\u2019s Centro de la Imagen.He joined Supayfotos, a Peruvian collective focused on photo documentalism that has exhibited in Peru and abroad. He represents the Collective in the International photojournalism festival Visa Pour \u00b4image for 4 years straight.In 2018 he received The Photography Residencies \u201cMus\u00e9e du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac\u201d, and in 2017 was first Place in \"the Photography Salon\" by the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute in Lima (Peru). Garro was also received in two year (2016 and 2018) the first place in the press organization IPYS, Peru, as the best photography project.Garro has had a solo exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Per\u00fa, and been part of several group exhibition in festivals and museums exhibitions such Brazil, Spain, Guatemala, the United Kingdom, and the United States.","display_name":null,"website_url":null,"profile_type_id":2,"show_age":0,"twitter_handle":null,"facebook_handle":null,"linkedin_handle":null,"skype_handle":null,"google_plus_handle":null,"pinterest_handle":null,"instagram_handle":"marcogarrop","vimeo_handle":null,"youtube_handle":null,"telephone":null,"company_name":null,"address_1":null,"address_2":null,"city":null,"region":null,"country":null,"postcode":null,"vat_id":null,"codice_fiscale":null,"codice_destinatario":null,"pec_destinatario":null,"show_explicit_content":"1","created_at":"2015-12-01T15:11:50.000000Z","updated_at":"2021-05-08T19:31:14.000000Z"}}}