(Counter)narratives of neoextractivism in Argentina: mapping creative resistance

Resistance to extractive activities such as fossil fuel extraction and mining in Argentina comes from different regions of the country and takes multiple forms, from frontline communities standing against fracking in the province of Neuquén, to performance-based art activism in Buenos Aires, and to a thriving alternative media scene that denounces corporations, neo-imperialism and the destruction of the environment.

Movements against the extractive industries vary from localised to nation-wide, and concentrate on a range of issues such as the environment, indigenous land rights, health and corruption.

This project, funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant studied current forms of opposition to the extractive economic model in Argentina by focusing on the creative processes of protest, art and media production, looking at how various complex and intersecting narratives on extractivism are formed and performed by different sectors of society through these manifestations. This two-year project combined interviews, media analysis and participant observation, as well as collaborations with local organisations and researchers at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.