Cécile Smetana Baudier
Copenhagen (Denmark), Danish/French
Edition 2017 - Finalist
Statement: in 2015, the Mexican government finally recognized its 1.38 million citizens of African descent in a national survey, signifying a tremendous victory for the Afro-Mexican community who had up to that moment largely gone unnoticed on the margins of Mexican society.Chacahua and El Azufre, small villages located on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, are populated mainly by Afro-Mexicans. Most of them know little of their African heritage and what they do know is often based on myths and legends. According to one of these tales, American boats, full of slaves, would pass by and as they made a short stop, the slaves would escape and seek refuge in the wild jungle, that is now » The National Park of Chacahua ». The photos aim to reflect the same subtle drama and feeling of nostalgia within the story.