Wilfredo Riera (1982-2019)

Hometown of Faith
Location: Caracas
Nationality: Venezuelan
Biography:       Wilfredo Riera is a freelance photographer from Venezuela. He joined the documentary and photojournalism one year program at The International Center of Photography in New York in 2013.  His work has been published... read on
Public Story
Hometown of Faith
Hometown of Faith

Since 1855, each January 14th, the Divina Pastora (Holy Mary) statue is carried by men and women believers from the Santa Rosa church to the Metropolitan Cathedral in Barquisimeto (a walk of approximately 8.5 km). It is one of the largest catholic pilgrimages in the world. More than 2 million people attend this procession.

I grew up in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in the middle of a catholic family and this is why the question of faith is particularly important to me. From 2014 I am documenting all the process of the most important day in my hometown. I wanted my project "Hometown of faith" to document those particular moments lost in the middle of the crowd kept through 160 years of sacred, honest and spontaneous spiritual experience through the Divina Pastora virgin procession. 

Also by Wilfredo Riera (1982-2019) —


Venezuela's Protest

By Wilfredo Riera / caracas — Since 2014, people revolted in Caracas to pressure the Nicolas Maduro's government. The protests began when..

Holy Weeek

By Wilfredo Riera (1982-2019) / Caracas — Perhaps the most powerful symbol of christianism is the cross. There are two important traditions in..

The culture of youth tail riders

By Wilfredo Riera / Barquisimeto — The “Coleo” is practiced and followed in many places of Venezuela. Consists in pulling the bull’s tail to..

Future star

By Wilfredo Riera / Barquisimeto — Future star In Venezuela people have embraced baseball like a popular expression since 1895. Since that..
Join us
for more access