Balance on the zero. Ecuador 2011-2013

Pietro Paolini

2011 - 2013

Walking on the equatorial line the centrifugal forces that push to North and South are equivalent, therefore it is very difficult to remain in balance. The condition of Ecuador, like many Latin American countries, reminds this precarious balance.

On the one hand the new constitution written under President Rafael Correa, the nationalization of oil resources and large investments in infrastructure push the country along an unprecedented cultural and economic change. On the other hand the consequences of the centenary exploitation of resources, international interests and conservative forces are still present in the country. It’s on this balance between past and future that is being built on a new identity, not yet well defined, but which strives to bring its contribution to the development of the entire Latin America .

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  • A citizen expresses his preference during the presidential elections of 18th of February 2013, where Correa was re-elected for his second mandate with 57% of the vote.

  • In the back stage of a bullfight in Ambato, south of Quito. Bullfighting is a very popular show in Ecuador. At the center of the picador waiting to enter the arena. Bullfighting is a very popular show in Ecuador, although in May 2011 thanks to a referendum on constitutional reform desired by Correa in many regions has prohibited the murder of the bull. The reform also contained reforms of the judiciary and the media systems. March 2013.

  • A shrimp fisherman under the new bridge built by the government of the Bay of Caraquez. October 2012

  • Waorani indigenous peolple wash themselves in the river, in the heart of the untouchable zone of the Amazon rainforest, a small area protected by the state due to the presence of uncontacted tribes. March 2013.

  • After a rare hailstorm in “La Carolina” Park, in the north of Quito, the richest area of the capital of Ecuador. November 2011.

  • Accommodation of workers who will work in the “Rafineria del Pacifico”, the most large oil refinery ever built in the Pacific coast of the Americas, which is still under construction in the region of Manbi, thanks to investments of the Venezuelan government. October 2012.

  • A group of cheerleaders getting ready for their performance in a stadium in the south of Quito, during a festival of students music bands. December 2011.

  • Collectors of shells in the bay of San Lorenzo, one of the wilder zone of the Ecuadorian coast. October 2012

  • The Atacames beach in the weekend, one of the most popular beaches among local tourism. October 2012.

  • A pool of oil in the area of Lago Agrio, which was created over 20 years ago during the period of extraction by Texaco in the region, which completely destroyed the environment and the health of communities in the area.
    The inhabitants are in dispute with Texaco, waiting for the third instance, the final sentence would be an historical precedent for compensation on the part of a large multinational for the damage caused to the environment. November 2011.

  • A fisherman cleans the fish with his wife on a beach in Manabì. October 2012.

  • A farmer burns the remains of his camp to prepare the ground for a new planting. Crucita, coastal region. October 2012.

  • Some jugglers are resting after having entertained the audience at the entrance of the stadium in Quito where the national footbal team was competing in a match for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. October 2012

  • Heads of bulls at the new terminal for buses in the south of Quito. February 2013.

  • A group of Arutam, indigenous peolple of Shuar ethnic, integrated into the army during the war of Cenepa against Peru in 1995, to defend the Amazon region of the country. They came to Macas in the south east of the country, to follow the Sunday morning show of the President Correa held in this small country. December 2011.