Every week we will be sharing an inspirational figure from Latin America, someone who we think you deserve to know about. Our aim is to spread the creativity and passion for their subject and hopefully inspire you as well! This week we chose Angela Camacho.
Angela Camacho archives images of women activists and role models from indigenous and black communities in the Abya Yala, communities which have historically been erased and ignored. Using her mobile phone, she evokes collective memories and stories in the form of accessible digital collages. These are available for communities to reconnect with grassroots movements globally. Her work explores the constructions of identity, focusing on her inner thoughts and feelings. She has been living in the UK for 19 years and has been organising and holding spaces for her community ever since. She is of indigenous descent, bruja and an ‘ancestor in the making.’
“Mujerxs of my Abya Yala was born out of the necessity to archive and create resources that rescued the erased heritage of our people. To have a place to look at which is accessible and beautiful, a storytelling tool to explore, to heal, and to reconnect with our ancestry, the past and the present of our women of colour. To give us back a sense of space, a place of origin, to tell our own stories to portray us in power, beauty and abundance like never before. Mujerxs of my Abya Yala is a portal where we create our own legacy. One that the grandchildren of our grandchildren will look at with pride.”