When I'm taking pictures I even forget that I have a camera. When I shoot I forget about everything. Light comes, death comes, people go in and out in costume - and it's like a play. - Graciela Iturbide
In the mouth of the mountain jaguar everybody is a singing hummingbird combines factual and fictional narratives that take place in the Andean mountains of Ecuador.
The people from my country’s portion of the Andes move through time and space embodying concepts that transcend the intellect, that goes to the core of the mystery of the moment. The depth of their relationship to the land and more esoteric parts of the self inspires my commitment to travel in these regions where the camera and I become a witness of life’s unfolding.
My intention is to revitalize a South American photographic tradition that has been heavily dominated by male photographers, in a way that integrates a permeable magical realism that can be both contemporary and also participatory.
While my approach doesn’t allow a fixed itinerary, I would like to dedicate my time if awarded this grant in mainly two regions and its vicinities; Provincia del Bolivar, where the immense Chimborazo volcano sits overseeing the paramos (highland desert), and doing more collaborative work with the Tigua painter, Julio Toaquiza who is free styling and painting on the last images presented here. The Tigua art is the most unique painting style from Ecuador and I would like to create more interventions that expand the concept of real/surreal, landscape and body.