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Matjaz Krivic, Digging the Future #7

Matjaz Krivic Digging the Future #7, 2015

View in a room Photography 35.8 x 48 inch 5 remaining copies


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Matjaz Krivic, Digging the Future #7
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    Professional art gallery
    Ljubljana - Slovenia

  • Authenticity

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    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Photography : numeric

  • Themes

    Portrait, Everyday life

  • Support

    Photography on Dibond

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 5 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    35.8 x 48 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    Yakuba emerges from the 50m deep hole after another grueling 11 hour long workday underneath the panorama of eastern Burkina Faso. Unfortunately, he and his team did not manage to find any gold today … Last year his uncle and two of his friends died when a nearby mine collapsed. News? Not at all, it is a part of the everyday life in this part of the country.

    What sort of a future is the barely sixteen year old Yakuba digging for himself, as he and his companions keep bringing bags full of stones from the depths of the shafts – some up to 60 meters deep and incredibly narrow – and as he breaths the black earth full of poisonous lead, day in, day out? Future? Anything that keeps him from thinking about today or tomorrow: while grinding the ore, the heavy metals attack his lungs, find their way into the soil and into his drinking water. The mercury and cyanide that he needs in order to extract the gold which then shine for the clients destroy his body and poison the soil he lives in forever.

    About 15,000 miners work in the area just around Bani. A third of them are children. They are the children of the mines. Most of them have never been to school. For many of them, the mines are their only home. The International Labor Organisation considers mining one of the worst forms of child labor. This is because of the immediate risks and long-term health problems it poses with exposure to dust, toxic chemicals and heavy metals on top of back-breaking manual labor.

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    • portrait

    • africa

    • work

    • documentary photography


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Matjaz Krivic

Born in: 1972


Matjaz Krivic is a photographer of Slovenian origins, born in 1972.
A great photographer and globetrotter, Matjaz Krivic's photographic practice specializes in capturing the grandeur of indigenous places and inhabitants and trying to reveal their personalities.

He has been travelling the entire world during the last 22 years, searching for new subjects, patterns and landscapes, in a style which is far from aesthetic, a characteristic that defines his work. It is precisely thanks to this very personal style why he has won several prizes.

For Matjaz Krivic, the road has become his home, his window to the world. Without taking a break, he is always travelling somewhere around the world, the dunes of the Sahara desert, the snowy mountains of the Himalayas etc. His photographs are the representation of a marginalized society, whose social, cultural and religious traditions have not been discovered yet.

Matjaz's works are always very spontaneous and respectful of the individual. His sense of aesthetics pushes him to try to capture the soul of his characters in order to make the viewer, observe and meditate.
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Matjaz Krivic, Digging the Future #7
Matjaz Krivic, Digging the Future #7

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