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100 Words: Photographer Alinka Echeverria On Pilgrimage

The Road To Tepeyac is a photographic typology of the backs of 300 Mexican Catholic pilgrims on their journey to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City. This pilgrimage, undertaken by millions each year, takes place on the anniversary of the five apparitions of the Virgin to the indigenous man Juan Diego in Tepeyac, the sacred place of the Aztec goddess Tonantzin.

From The Road To Tepeyac, a series showing Mexican Catholic pilgrims on their journey to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City. i i

hide captionFrom The Road To Tepeyac, a series showing Mexican Catholic pilgrims on their journey to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Alinka Echeverria
From The Road To Tepeyac, a series showing Mexican Catholic pilgrims on their journey to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City.

From The Road To Tepeyac, a series showing Mexican Catholic pilgrims on their journey to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Alinka Echeverria

Belief in those apparitions marks a turning point in the spiritual conquest of native Mexicans by the Spanish, and lead to the amalgamation of Tonantzin and the Virgin Mary. This work is an observation of her role in contemporary visual culture and the vast layers of symbolism transmitted through her iconic image.

Photo by Alinka Echeverria
Alinka Echeverria
Photo by Alinka Echeverria
Alinka Echeverria
Photo by Alinka Echeverria
Alinka Echeverria

I am also interested in the pilgrimage as a socio-political and cultural phenomenon and in the psychological and emotional relationship that each individual has with the Virgin.

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Alinka Echeverria is a Mexican visual artist who is currently based in Arles where she is an artist-in-residence at l'Ecole Nationale Superieure de la Photographie in Arles. Recently, she was named 2011 winner of the HSBC Prize for Photography given by the HSBC Cultural Foundation of France. More of Alinka's work can be found on her website.

100 Words is a series in which photographers describe their work, in their own words. Curated by Graham Letorney

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