Johis Alarcón

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Cimarrona
Location: Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: Johanna Alarcón (1992) is a freelance photojournalist and educator in Ecuador. Her work focuses on social, cultural, human rights and gender-related issues. She is a Member of Fluxus Foto, Native Agency and PH Museum. Her work has been... read on
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Cimarrona
Credits: johis alarcón
Date of Work: 03/26/18 - Ongoing
Updated: 05/05/19
Location: Ecuador
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Women and Afro spirituality in Ecuador.
ongoing project

The term Cimarrona refers to the wild female spirit, which holds an African essence and expresses it in all forms of resistance against slavery and discrimination. This ongoing project explores the ways of representation of women and Afro spirituality in Ecuador. Black women become visible as historical protagonists of liberation and as guardians of ancestral afro practices as a method of cultural memory preservation and cultural resistance of the diaspora in the Ecuadorian territory.

The goal of this essay is to explore black women’s cimarron knowledge and to reconfigure the collective imaginary of black identity beyond the superficiality of skin color and from its deeper creative and liberating significance.
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Cimarrona

By Johis Alarcón — Cimarrona: Free Women, free communities  (ongoing) Daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters of black women who survived slavery..
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Assignments

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Ghetto Dreamers

By Johis Alarcón — Ghetto Dreamers Ecuador has an overpopulation of 40% in prisons , with a total of 41,000 prisoners in conditions of overcrowding and violation of..
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Portraits

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Ecuador Unrest

By Johis Alarcón — Ecuador Unrest In October 2020, Ecuador had the worst unrest in more than a decade. Indigenous movement and differents social organizations..
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Machachi

By Johis Alarcón — MACHACHI Loose Roots, New Traditions Machachi, cantonal capital of Mejía, is a city that has stretched throughout a valley adjoining..
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Back to the Market

By Johis Alarcón — Back to the Market Project that document the daily life in rural and urban Quito´s markets, their traditions, food, religious practices and..
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San Roque

By Johis Alarcón — San Roque.  Barrio Bravo, from revolt to oblivion. As it happens with many places in Latin America, modernity bursts with everyday life, but..
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Linked

By Johis Alarcón — LINKED In Limoncito, a small town located in the Bolivian Amazon, the Lira family, composed of a mother and three daughters, promote the creation..
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"The 3x8" Behind the city

By Johis Alarcón — 3 X 8 "BEHIND THE CITY" Collective Project by Johis Alarcón and Edu León The 3x8 is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the..
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