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Indonesia: Spectacles of Small-scale Gold Mining

This exhibit, “Indonesia: Spectacles of Small-scale Gold Mining,” consists of photos taken in the West Kalimantan region of Indonesian Borneo by UC Berkeley’s Professor Nancy Lee Peluso. Peluso has researched smallholders, workers, and land transformations in Indonesia for more than 35 years; she is a Guggenheim fellow and holder of the 2019 Al Moumin Environmental Peacebuilding Award. Peluso’s photographs here, taken in the course of her ethnographic fieldwork, focus on miners’ labor and lives, their working landscapes, and their life-or-death dependence on each other every time they enter a mining pit or tunnel.

We invite you to enter this exhibit from the "Exhibit" tab's drop-down menu, which presents the miners' stories in order.