“Us & Them, Zapatista #4"
Photo was shot with the “Us & Them” camera in the Zapatista controlled village of Guadalupe Tepeyac in Chiapas Mexico, close to the Guatemalan border.
I was so taken by the beautiful young Zapatista couple in the photo because they had such a soulful, deep pride in the corn and coffee they grew. When I asked them to be part of the “Us & Them” project they said they would love to! Then few minutes later they showed up at the shoot location holding a plate of tortillas made from the corn they grew.
To highlight the tortillas in the print, I painted tortillas with the coffee I bought from them that day.
The translation of their "Words from the Heart" at the top of the photo, in Spanish reads,
"The men, women, children and elders of Guadalupe de Tepeyac.
Zapatista's in resistance, our collective work with coffee, corn, beans and livestock between us is the only economic fountain to continue fighting and resisting. Without selling out, without conquering, without giving up. Our autonomy advances in the world with our 7 principals of the village taking charge and the government obeying."
48"x60" analog print, constructed from 9 sheets of 16”x20” gelatin silver paper and toned with Zapatista coffee.
1 of 1. 2017
- "Us & Them, Zapatista #4"
- Wayne Belger
- Image Size
- 2596x3300 / 2.9MB
- Contained in galleries
- "Us & Them" Project. 2015 to Present.