joana toro

Photographer and educator—Working in issues of immigration identity and social justice
  
Midwives of Buenaventura
Location: New York
Nationality: Colombian
Biography: Joana Toro Colombian is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia.  Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity and was featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, World Press... MORE
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Midwives of Buenaventura
Copyright joana toro 2022
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Dec 1969
Updated Jun 2018
Topics Birth, Children, Documentary, Editorial, Family, Latin America, Photojournalism, Women's Rights


Daily work of a guild of midwives in Colombia's Pacific Coast. I enter the midwives’ association office in a humble neighborhood of Buenaventura, a city on Colombia’s Pacific coast.  These midwives have a deep knowledge of natural medicine that forms part of their Afro-Colombian cultural tradition, they are part of the  immaterial heritage of Colombia. 

This work explore the ancestral African knowledge in black communities and the powerful role of the black woman in this tradition.


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