Portraits of unbelonging3 min read . Updated: 30 Nov 2019, 11:20 AM IST
- At the GoaPhoto festival, photographer Cecile Smetana Baudier will showcase photographs of the tiny Afro-Mexican community
- In 2015, in a historic development, the African-Mexican community was finally recognized by the national government
At first it seems like any other slice-of-life photograph, with three friends lounging around, sunning themselves. But then one’s gaze is drawn to Karen, 12 years old, with streaks of blonde in her hair and cinnamon-coloured eyes. Seated in a courtyard, she can be seen applying layers of make-up powder, with her face acquiring a ghostly white pall. Hailing from the tiny village of El Azufre, Oaxaca, along the Costa Chica in Mexico, she is part of the African-Mexican community. But Karen refuses to be identified as one, and hopes to look like a “white woman" with all that make-up.
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