cristobal olivares

In Karen's Name
Location: Santiago,Chile
Nationality: Chilean
Biography: Cristóbal Olivares (Santiago, Chile 1988) is a documentary photographer with special interest in social affairs. He is the Co-founder of   Buen Lugar Ediciones an independent editorial initiative that publish books and zines of... read on
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In Karen's Name
Credits: cristobal olivares
Updated: 05/27/20

Karen, is woman’s in her mid 40's who lives in one of the most populated towns of Santiago, Chile. Located in the outskirts of Santiago, this town has a high rate of drug addicts, crime and face with no job opportunities.
Karen barely finished secondary school, and as a consequence, she can only find bad temporary jobs, which do not provide enough for her to maintain herself. You will find Karen at 3pm on a Wednesday still in bed, not wanting to get up. "For what?" she says. "I' don't have anything to do"
A number of years ago, Karen moved from her old house to her girlfriend’s house who helped her through severals depressions, after Karen's grandmother passed away. "She was like a mother to me; life is worthless now...sometimes i think about suicide," Karen explains. Because of this Karen's use of drugs sometimes became regular. 
Since she started her new relationship with Mariel—a mother of a  girl named Yara—and a new home, the couple wanted to have their own baby, which come true thanks to an anonymous donor at the beginning of 2018. Nowadays they are rebuilding their lives, making efforts to stay clean of drugs. However, the days without a job are the longest and the hardest to face. 

Santiago, Chile.


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