Mennonite Portraits

PhotographerJordi Ruiz Cirera
PrizePortraiture / Culture
Entry Description

The project Menonos depicts de life and the inner struggles lived in the Mennonite communities in Eastern Bolivia. Mennonites are Christian Anabaptis who arrived during the fifties from Canada, Mexico or Belize, hoping here they'd be able to preserve their lifestyle. Nowadays they live on the same way their ancestors did; with no cars, telephones, electricity or modern utilities. However, the pressure of the surrounding society is creating difficulties for them to survive. This series of portraits intend to showcase the relations and the family roles within the Mennonite community, as well as their deep isolation from contemporary society.

About Photographer

I was born and raised in Barcelona, at the shore of the Mediterranean sea, where I got a degree in Design at Elisava College in 2007, after spending a period living in Dublin while studying at the National College of Arts and Design. Then I worked for a while in different studios as a graphic designer, until 2010 when I decided to leave it all and devote to photography. â¨â¨In 2011 I moved to london, to study the MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the LCC, graduating with distinction on the same year. At this time I'm working on documentary and portrait and my photographic interest range from social issues to the portrait of small communities and environments.â¨â¨The first part of my project about the Mennonite communities in Bolivia was selected on the last edition of the Ian Parry award, and exhibited at the Getty Images Gallery in London, as well as published in the Sunday Times Magazine. Recently I've been awarded finalist at the POYi Community Awareness award, winner of "One to Watch" competition by Lisa Pritchard Agency, and selected on Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña. My work has been exhibited in different venues in London and Barcelona, as well as featured in different online publications, including Foto8 story of the week.