Johanna Alarcón

Johanna Alarcón, Ecuador

I Am, Still

In Ecuador, around 7% of the population is indigenous. Over the past century, racism, discrimination and inequality forced many to migrate to the city, abandoning their lands and culture. Globalization impacted the devaluation of the indigneous identity, but has also fueled an unpredictable cultural resistance in the youth who have created a new way of living and being. They decided to stay on their land, with their family, and developed a lifestyle that combines ‘modernity’ and the ancestral knowledge of past generations. I Am, Still explores a new generation of indigenous people that grew up without fear of colonialism.

“When I started this story, my childhood memories came back to me: the mountains, the family meals, and those cold mornings with the sound of water. My memories become more and more blurred, but the young people in this community did not let these experiences be a thing of the past. They fill their days with trips to the mountains, YouTube videos, education through WhatsApp, and caring for the animals,” says the photographer.


Johanna Alarcón is an Ecuadorian freelance photographer and educator focusing on socio-cultural and gender issues, primarily in Latin America.
Instagram: @johis.alarcon

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Joop Swart Masterclass took place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters were selected to make the program more inclusive. The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme was ‘Reset’.

From July to October 2020, the participants worked on their projects and received mentorship and guidance from the mentors.

Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass.