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 the all-female Bolivian photography collective War Mi-photo.
War-Mi photo was born from a collective need, uniting female photographers from Bolivia and specialists in different areas of photography who are looking for visibility and recognition of their work and their ideas. We are united by the urgency of speaking and reflecting from a woman’s point of view, and exploring local, regional, global and personal problems. We see this as necessary in order to change current thought processes. We are mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, who are searching for a new language, to generate new narratives about our experiences and from our way of seeing and feeling the world.
Bolivia plunged into chaos a month ago amid widespread allegations of electoral fraud, culminating in the president’s resignation, and the situation is only getting worse. This is a historical moment as Evo Morales was Latin America’s first ever indigenous president and it is looking increasingly likely that his opposition leader, a far-right evangelical lawyer, will be taking over, a haunting reminder of the dark past of oppression of indigenous peoples
“Photography is not only important, it’s necessary, because through it’s expression it gives us an honest view, perhaps not in its construction or its material but in its ideals, a dream or a thought which goes beyond the reality it is trying to represent.”
To see more of the collective’s work, visit their instagram.