Johis Alarcón

Photographer
  
Ghetto Dreamers
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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Ghetto Dreamers
Ghetto Dreamers: Families behind bars. Victims of the prison system in Ecuador

With the approval of the new Penal Code in Ecuador, a new penitentiary system with maximum-security policies was established. The hardening of penalties for drug trafficking resulted in an increase from 4376 prisoners in 2015 to 10,886 due to the possession or sale of drugs. One in every three Ecuadorians are imprisoned due to this crime. Commonly, jails are located in remote areas, far from the center of the city; for inmate families, distance represents a big problem in terms of time and money. This system, along with unfavorable social and economic conditions, and extreme isolation policies such as the prohibition of written letters or photographs, call restrictions, extreme body search for visitors, create a hostile and emotionally fragile environment, where both, prisoners and family members, endure the sentence without a rehabilitation and social reintegration process
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Cimarrona

By Johis Alarcón — Cimarrona: Women and  Afro Spirituality in Ecuador  (ongoing) The term Cimarrona refers to the wild female spirit, which holds an African..
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Ecuador Unrest

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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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Cimarrona

By Johis Alarcón — Women and Afro spirituality in Ecuador. ongoing project The term Cimarrona refers to the wild female spirit, which holds an African essence and..
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