The Thread of Knowledge

The Wayúu, an indigenous community in the La Guajira Desert peninsula between Colombia and Venezuela. They are organized in matrilineal clans, making the Wayuu women not only the center of the family but cultural leaders as well. 



Since January I have been doing a graduate certificate program on Photo-Narratives and New Media at Fundación Pedro Meyer in Mexico. This week was my final project presentation and I was super excited to show the multimedia video " Nosotros Somos Aves" - "We Are Birds".

Here are some pictures from the presentation.

LAPü: The Last Wayúu Dream at Umbrella House

Last weekend was a magical weekend at Umbrella House, Thanks to everyone that came and that was interested in learning about the Wayúu community and their way of feeling the world. And thank you so much for those of you who wanted to buy prints!! you guys are beautiful!

Today in Colombia, there are more than 65 languages that are spoken besides spanish. It is not only a language, but an ancestral knowledge and it is our heritage to respect it, and give it the place that it deserves and the dignity.

Lapü removes the soul from the person who dies, in a way I feel that if we don't help to preserve this knowledge, we will be removing part of our souls as well.

Thanks for coming to Umbrella and showing your love!!

Jiër, The Wayuu Woman

On February 2015, I visited La Tuna, an indigenous community in Manaure, La Guajira, at the northern part of Colombia. The Wayuu people have a strong bond to their land, which they inherited from family clans. I stayed with a family of strong women; they have a very important role because, as a matrilineal society, they are the ones in charge of preserving the Wayuu culture.

Wayuu women, as givers of life, not only assure the continuity of their lineage but also the permanence of Wayuu existence. They are in charge of teaching and transmitting the spiritual and traditional aspects of the Wayuu life and culture. It is believed that Wayuu women have a special connection with the spirits and that they have the power to interpret the dreams for future predictions.

Sembrando Miradas

During the summer I had a beautiful experience of teaching a couple of experimental photography workshops in New York City. I love seeing people's faces when they discover the magic of photography. Our generation is a consumer of images and yet sometimes we become numb and midless to the act of creating images and we forget about the time and processes people used to do just to be able to record one image. I think about Ann Atkins, she was a botanist that used the cyanotype process to create photographs of plants in 1843. today, we can still use the same cyanotype process of drawing with the sun light.

Here are some of the pictures from the workshops where I taught the cyanotype process and polaroid lift transfer techniques at Make the Road NY in collaboration with the Youth Power Project and at Centro Cultural Barco de Papel in Queens, NY.