Flowers of the isthmus
In the isthmus of Tehuantepec, in southern Mexico, Zapotec women are known for their independence, strength and perseverance. Recognizable by their colorful traditional dress, the proud heritage of a civilization dating back almost two thousand years, the women of the Mexican isthmus have inspired many artists like Frida Kahlo and have gradually gained international fame.
As a central element of their identity, the use of their costume varies depending on the occasion: while it only shows the face during religious celebrations as a sign of respect and humility, it is worn inverted, carried backwards, during festive celebrations. Symbol of purity but also of fighting spirit, its use is sacred.
In order to pay tribute to the young generation of Zapotec women, Delphine Blast invited them to pose in a studio, on a colored background. She then decided to frame each portrait by a traditional Mexican oilcloth, making each photo unique, like the Zapoteque outfits, flamboyant and delicate at the same time.