Ramiro Aguilar Villamarí­n

Photographer / Videographer / Documentarist
   
Who is Vanessa Landínez Ortega (2018)
Location: Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín is a documentary photographer based in Quito, Ecuador. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Asociación de Fotografos Ecuatorianos (AFE) and a collaborator of EverydayAmazon , part of EverydayProjects . His... MORE
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Who is Vanessa Landínez Ortega (2018)
Copyright Ramiro Aguilar Villamarín 2022
Updated Jun 2020
Location Ambato Ecuador
Topics Crime, Documentary, Dying/Death, Family, Feminism, Latin America, Loss, Photography, Photojournalism
Portraying someone’s absence implies collecting their fingerprints, both those that remain in matter and those that live in the feelings of who still remembers them. We did this with Gabriela Toro Aguilar, a journalist colleague, when we took on the challenge of profiling Vanessa Landínez Ortega, an Ecuadorian woman who in 2013, with 37 years old, was found dead in a hotel in her hometown city of Ambato.

Vanessa’s case has been emblematic, especially because their loved ones continue the fight to make this crime be recognized before the State as a feminicide. Her family, friends and acquaintances placed the case in the voice of the public opinion and have pressured, both in the media and before the law, to stop characterizing this murders as “crimes of passion”. This has created awareness about the patriarchy as a social structure and about the risk to life involved in being a woman (or female) in this society.

The Justice Platform for Vanessa, created shortly after her death, has accompanied several cases of feminicide in recent years, claiming to society and the State, justice for these type of crimes. This has risen the first national march against feminicide in 2016: Vivas Nos Queremos Ecuador. The photos do not speak of this particular struggle, but of the woman whose loss summoned this national feminist movement. They are about who and what that single mother left behind, a woman like hundreds of thousands who have been and continue to be murdered by male and patriarchal violence. This work was published by the feminist digital magazine LaPeriódica.

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