2018 - Ongoing
I visited the Waorani for the first time in 2018 while working with an NGO that directly helps this nationality, the most recently contacted of all Ecuadorian indigenous people. It was there that I met Naime Irunmenga, a woman, mother of three, and a warrior who works tirelessly to provide a better future for her children. Through her, I understood the complexity of the context in which her community lives.
We are witnessing the fragility of human beings in constant and inevitable transformation, and the innocence of those who are dragged by forces that most of us do not understand. An uncertain future for the youngest who no longer carry the ancestral knowledge of their grandparents, while being part of a society that seems to be breaking apart, and to which they are expected to adjust to.
This project is a long-term visual exploration of human nature, and the unpredictable future of the Waorani indigenous people who are part of a massive transformation, experiencing it from within the lungs of the Earth.
I intend this work to raise a sense of concern, awareness, but mostly hope in the future generations that will carry the weight of inevitable change in our human experience.