Completely opposed to the discourse promoted by the Catholic Church - which, let's not forget, arrived through Spanish colonisation - the project also shows another face of femininity. By presenting the Andean landscape and folklore, Marisol Mendez not only introduces us to a new vision of what it means to be a woman in her homeland, but at the same time finds herself exploring her own identity and heritage.

Due to the many cultural backgrounds of contemporary Bolivian society, there are remarkable parallels between foreign religion and indigenous culture that are visible through the symbols.

“Producing MADRE became a means of reconciling with my Bolivian roots, a way of making sense of a society that felt familiar, yet distant.”

-Marisol Mendez