In 2015, I read the book The White Fever, in which author Jacek Hugo-Bader describes the lives of the Evenk indigenous people in the most remote regions of Siberia, whom the Russian Revolution forced to change names and a nomadic way of life, turning them - as has happened with other original peoples of the world - into "others" within their own territory. This feeling of otherness sows in individuals a feeling of alienation, an energy released through violent ways such as the white fever: a state of ethyl delusion in which people are able to run into the forest and freeze to death, shoot their family or burn their houses.
This reminded me of my infancy in the Mixtec highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico, where a similar feeling -fueled by sugar cane distillate-, is experienced among the Mixtec indigenous people, isolated in the mountains where, with no changes other than those of fights, funerals or religious celebrations, life passes in a growing sopor that reduces them to the total abdication of human condition.
Golden Brown explores the sense of identity of native Mixtec people from Oaxaca, Mexico, both in their homeland and in other societies where, due to economic pressure, they have been forced to migrate. It consists of photographs and video essays from the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, the California Central Valley, the State of New York and the sections in between on buses and trains, developed from 2015 to 2020.
VIEW THE GOLDEN BROWN PHOTOBOOK MAQUETTE IN ENGLISH HERE
(SPLIT PARTS I-IV):
I. CULPA / GUILT
II. APEGO / ATTACHMENT
III. ENVIDIA / ENVY
NUEVA YORK, 2017-2018
IV. MIEDO / FEAR