2021 — Amazon Jungle, Ecuador
About this series
Amazonas started as a project showing women in the Amazon jungle trying to be economically self-sufficient, in order to protect their territory.
The Sarayaku community lives in the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle; During the early 2000s, an oil company tried to exploit the territory without their permission and with the complicity of the government. The native population fought back and won their lawsuit against the State, which created a precedent.
Today life is more peaceful, and the community is trying to survive using an economic model that do not pollute the environment. One of the alternatives that the women of the Sarayaku community have implemented is the sale of handicrafts, with designs inspired by their dreams and their Amazonian upbringing. This way women can sometimes achieve financial independence, not easily attained in a very patriarchal and macho society. At home women still have traditional roles because they are women.
This series shows their daily life in the jungle, their craft, and reveals that their work constantly binds them with nature and the forest.