墨西哥摄影师Alinka Echeverria现居法国阿尔勒,在她的The Road To Tepeyac 系列中,记录了300位前往瓜达露佩圣母圣殿朝圣之路上的天主教朝圣者的背影。瓜达露佩圣母圣殿是昔日圣母显灵的地点,也是天主教最重要的朝圣地之一,每年有六百万人踏上这条漫漫朝圣之路,他们需要行走多达10天的时间到达那里,然后在凌晨五点为圣母吟唱一首生日颂。“我认为,朝圣是惩罚与奖励、感恩和宽恕、承诺和希望的结合”,Alinka Echeverria说。

Alinka Echeverria还特意将主体从环境中剥离出来,放置在白色的背景之上。她将观者的注意力转移到了跳脱了现实状况的独立个体的身上。她试图探索朝圣这种社会政治和文化现象背后,人们与圣母的心理与情感联结。

Alinka Echeverria is a Mexican visual artist who is currently based in Arles. 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.  “It is incredible that about six million people walk for up to ten days to reach the Basilica to pay homage to the Virgin on the anniversary of her apparitions and then sleep in the big square in front of the Basilica to sing ‘happy birthday’ to her at 5 am. The event is an incredible mixture of serenity and chaos. For the individual, I think the pilgrimage is a combination of punishment and reward; of gratitude and forgiveness; of promise and hope.” Alinka Echeverria said.

She deliberately takes the image out of context by “cutting out” the portrait and placing it on a white background. The newly crafted image allows the audience to focus attention to the individual, outside of realities circumstances, creating a relationship within subject and symbol.She is 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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