Pablo Albarenga: Exploring modern colonization through photography

National Geographic Explorer and visual storyteller Pablo Albarenga is documenting human rights issues in Latin America.

Pablo Albarenga has dedicated his work to investigating, studying, and photographing the colonization process that is still affecting traditional populations in Latin America. 

These communities are being threatened by huge development projects who aim to exploit the rich natural resources available in these countries, such as minerals, wood, and extensive agriculture. Albarenga, who is originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, has photographed the occupations of the Guarani Kaiowá indigenous peoples, who are fighting to get back their traditional lands in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. 

He has also photographed the massive indigenous camps in Brasília, where more than 3,000 leaders from every corner of Brazil travel to the capital in order to claim their rights. In addition, he documented Sonia Guajajara's journey as the first indigenous woman to run for the vice presidency of Brazil in the 2018 Brazilian general election.

Albarenga is a Pulitzer Center grantee and has won the National Culture Funds in his country, which he will use to produce his first photo book about the indigenous situation in Brazil.

This Explorer's work is funded by the National Geographic Society
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