La Cornuda de Tlacotalpan
Dates2016 - 2018
- Topics Awards, Contemporary Issues, Documentary, Editorial, Festivals, Photobooks, Portrait, Social Issues, Street Photography
- Location Veracruz, Mexico
Based on the unknown legend called "La Cornuda de Tlacotalpan", in Veracruz, Mexico. The project departs from a reinvention of this local history through the imagination of their community.
"Times have changed and the story of 'La Cornuda de Tlacotalpan' has been disappearing. People say that when you don't believe in something, it ceases to exist", chatting in a bar in Tlacotalpan town.
Many people said that La Cornuda is a mysterious being who lives in the depths of the Papaloapan River in Veracruz Mexico, who appears to disappear, who frightens, scares away, and explains the inexplicable. In its attempt to survive the forgetfulness of modern times, it makes a decision that requires courage. Leaving the river, crossing the threshold of the shore, transforming itself, and entering into Tlacotalpan´s town dimension. While La Cornuda walks around invisible to the eyes of the community, magically photography reveals its new life.
The central idea of the project on the legend of 'La Cornuda de Tlacotalpan' was to re-imagine the story in the face of its possible disappearance: involving the community of Tlacotalpan in Mexico and its memory, to re-invent the story through a collective, playful and participatory re-construction.
* 'La Cornuda de Tlacotalpan' is part of 'La memoria es un pantano' (Memory is a swamp), a collection of visual works and research on myths, urban legends, local stories, and oral memory. Adopting, retelling, and re-interpreting these narratives in a changing contemporary world, trying to open a space for experimental visions, re-framing narratives, and collaborative working contexts.