Alinka Echeverria - The Road to Tepeyac
77 Leonard Street
The work of Mexico City-born photographer Alinka Echeverria explores the boundaries between documentary and fine art. With her background as a visual anthropologist, she investigates rituals, cultures, and the use of imagery within them, transforming her subjects into conceptual representations.
For her series, The Road to Tepeyac, she was awarded the prestigious French prize HSBC Prix pour la Photographie. The series depicts the backs of three hundred Mexican pilgrims, who are taking on their pilgrimage to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico city. This pilgrimage is undertaken by approximately six million Catholics each year, who go to celebrate the anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531 to the indigenous man Juan Diego. Echeverria shot each portrait separately, transposing is onto a plain background. The anonymous, decontextualised portraits which she created emphasize the anonymity of the masses while directing the focus of the viewer to the iconic power.
View the online portfolio of The Road to Tepeyac here.