PROJECT WITH A CAUSE
The NATIVES of MEXICO
Preservation of the cultural past of the Mexican native
people to ensure their future through photography.
Photographing the Natives of Oaxaca.
Due to the Coronavirus situation, the planned trip has been suspended. As alternative, I will photograph the Native people living in Mexico City starting in June 2020.
"Los Originarios" the Natives, named for the coexistence and talks I have had with them and for my great respect for their origins to these important towns that have inhabited and continue to inhabit Mexico before and after the Spanish conquest. It is a personal project and a photographic / artistic and documentary compendium of the 68 ethnic groups that this incredible country has.
The goal is to make them know and raise awareness among Mexicans and the rest of the world about their cultural importance, their identity, their contribution to society, their survival, their age-old wisdom and create an economic contribution to their progress. In addition, enrich the public debate by increasing the understanding of the situation of the Natives. They deserve attention and respect.
With my own means I traveled and photographed five groups (Maya Tzotzil, Maya Yucatecan, Nahuas de Guerrero, Purépechas and Raramuri) in 20 years and published this first book. Through Kickstarter and its crowdfunding system my next trip, if successful, will start end April of the year 2020 with the State of Oaxaca, which has 15 different groups. The objective is to photograph all the Native groups by the end of 2022.
All photographs will be presented in future exhibitions and published in new books and once I have finished my travels and photographed all groups, a limited luxury edition version will be made with the best photographs of all groups.
My Kickstarter campaign will start around October 2020. If invite you until then to contribute to the project.
The trip will start begin 2021.
To see more photographs please click here and to buy photographs here.
To buy the book (only in Spanish for the moment) please click here.
15% will be donated of each limited edition photo and 15% of each book sold to the members of the photographed families who have children studying. This donation will accumulate to reach a scholarship that will cover all the expenses of studies (books, teaching material, transportation, clothing, food, etc.) of a year or more.
They will also receive their 17x22 ”size photographs on a 3mm wooden base and eventually the book where they will come out. If the financial goal is exceeded in Kickstarter, the percentage of the donation to the families will be increased.
We will travel in a compact van from Mexico City through Tehuacán to southern Oaxaca, along the coast to the east, through Oaxaca City to go to the north of the state and return to Mexico City. We will also visit places of tourist interest, protected natural areas and archaeological zones.
I invite all of you to follow me every day through social networks (FaceBook and Instagram and via Polarsteps, so you can feel the atmosphere, discovery and the adventure, and you can see the progress of the trip and see the “behind the scene” during the photo sessions.
The 15 groups that will be photographed are (from many to few): Zapotec, Mixtec, Mazatec, Mixe, Chinanteco, Chatino, Triqui, Huave, Cuicatec, Zoque, Amuzgo, Chontal of Oaxaca, Chocho people, Ixcatec, Tacuate, and a group called Afro-Mexicans from the small coast of Oaxaca who are not mentioned much.
Ilayalid Durán is the logistics administrator and will manage the social networks during the trip.
Denis Jockmans is a Belgian photo-grapher based in Mexico City, with more than 20 years of experience.
Winner of an international award,his specialty is artistic and conceptual photography, portrait, fashion and documentary.
Incessant searcher of perfect com-position and originality in each of its images.
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