MADRE, 2018—ongoing

Photographs and book

‘A Bette Davis, Gena Rowlands,

Romy Schneider…

A todas las actrices

que han hecho de actrices,

a todas las mujeres que actúan,

a los hombres que actúan 

y se convierten en mujeres,

a todas las personas 

que quieren ser madres.

A mi madre.’

Pedro Almodóvar, 

Todo Sobre Mi Madre, 1999



‘This project is for all those people who

want to be mothers. Based on my personal bi-cultural upbringing and triggered by my mother’s loss, «Madre» was shot in Lima and Mexico City between 2018 and 2019 and can be seen as an extensive and complex love letter to Latinx women. 

It gifted me the urge to educate myself and tell my own story of love and loss through the medium of photography. 

I have met working mothers, housewives, single mothers, childless women, tender nurturers, sisters, true matriarchs, queer women, trans women, sex workers, elderly women, adolescents, black, white, mestiza, indigenous women, rich women, poor women, people who fight their own battles far from any kind of stereotype.

The woman that I photograph is neither the literary, invincible matriarch of «Cien Años de Soledad» nor the radical feminist, it is a woman just the way she is, where she is.

I let our exchange, as brief as it can be, speak for itself.’

6x7 and 35mm color film, scanned.

©2019 Giulia Fumagalli