A couple of months ago I travelled to Mexico to visit my family, friends and eat some tacos of course! But I also went there to cover a story that is dear to my heart and Mexican roots. Huicholes are native Mexicans who live mainly in the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango. It's one of the indigenous group in Mexico who have managed to keep their traditions, art, spirituality and contact with nature to date. The Huicholes have been embroiled in battles with mining corporations whose proposed plans could decimate their sacred land, it's a huge threat, it would damage the water, and ruin the landscape including peyote.. If they take away this land they take away everything from them. That's why in the last couple of years they've been fighting for their land. I wanted to incorporate my photography and embroidery work to the story.
I think there's a lot to learn from indigenous cultures around the world, we need to respect and care for nature. They seem to have a deeper sense of community and a deeper connection with nature that we've lost. We have to STOP marginalising indigenous culture and rethink what really matters.
The story, photography and artwork has been published in Majestic Disorder, a magazine I found while browsing the bookstore at the Tate Modern in London last year and I felt in love with their editorial mixture of art, music and culture. So yes, I'm proud and grateful for this experience and has been great to work on this project!And to show you what is next!