Johanna Andrea Alarcón Alvarez

6x6 South America Talent: Johanna Andrea Alarcón Alvarez, Ecuador

Johanna is not just dedicated to be a photographer but also to multiplying the knowledge she has acquired during her career among other young photographers from Ecuador and Latin American countries.” - Federico Rios, photographer and 6x6 nominator, Colombia.

Johanna Andrea Alarcón Alvarez is a photojournalist and graphic designer based in Ecuador. Her work focuses on social, cultural, human rights and gender issues. She is a member of Fluxus Foto, Native Agency, Woman Photograph, and the Photographic Humanity Museum.


'Cimarrona' explores the African spirituality alive in Ecuador, by portraying and documenting the women who save these ancestral practices. The Cimarrona refers to the wild female spirit, expressed in all forms of resistance against slavery and discrimination. Currently, about 8% of the country’s population are afro-Ecuadorians, from which almost 50% are women. Despite the migration to rural areas, spiritual expressions and celebrations are still keeping and reconfigured in each new territory. 

Ghetto Dreamers

'Ghetto Dreamers' documents life in the overcrowded Ecuadorian prisons, as well as the impact on their families:

“Ecuador has an overpopulation of 79% in prisons, with a total of 41,000 prisoners in conditions of overcrowding and violation of human rights. (...) Commonly, prisons are located in remote areas, far from the center of the city. For inmate families, distance represents a big problem in terms of time and money. This system, along with unfavorable social and economic conditions, and extreme isolation policies such as the prohibition of written letters or photographs, call restrictions, and extreme body search for visitors, creates a hostile and emotionally fragile environment where both prisoners and family members endure the sentence without a rehabilitation and social reintegration process.”

Johanna Andrea Alarcón Alvarez also received a nomination from Stephen Ferry.

Discover work by the 6x6 South America talents, and find out about 6x6’s nomination and selection process.