Estamos Aqui (We’re Here)
is an exploration of indigenous womanhood in Bolivia. Inspired by visits between Bolivia and the UK, the series became a way of expanding my relationships with the ancestry of Andean heritage and connecting with its safe-keepers both in Bolivia and in South London. It shows how women thrive despite of living in a country where machismo and racism rules daily. Is a celebration of women, of the Bolivian culture and the connection I have with it.

Indigenous women from different Latin American countries, like Bolivia have been shown to face discrimination both as indigenous people and as women. Having real testimonies has helped me to understand better what means to be an indigenous woman in and outside Bolivia, how important the traditional garments are and also understand their perspective about discrimination that they might have experienced, through their sacrificed lives as machismo rules in the Bolivian culture against all women. As women, we have suffered because of it but there are no new pains, we have felt them all already. We have hidden that fact in the same place where we have hidden our power as they surface in our dreams, and it is our dreams that point the way to freedom that gives us strength and courage to see, to feel, to speak.

During one of my trips back home, I met amazing women that work in the street market called “La 25” in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Having real testimonies was to enter to their world and also was a way of realizing the perspectives of how different but still similar we see life and live as a Bolivian woman, my aim while interviewing these women in La 25 was to understand better how they live their lives, how they grew up and what is their perspective on having or depending on a male presence as currently is imposed in a patriarchal society like Bolivia’s.

I find it beautiful and powerful that women decide to wear their polleras proudly, which at one time had been so neglected and frowned upon. Now they consider them part of their roots, it's like a reconciliation with the past. And that’s what this project is about, to create awareness of indigenous people’s representation, to celebrate our culture, to celebrate Latin America and their underrepresented communities.