Isadora Romero

Isadora Romero

“Reset for me means a reconfiguration of the individual and the system in which we are immersed.”

Isadora Romero is a visual storyteller based in Quito, Ecuador. She is interested in social, gender, and environmental issues. Her visual essays, exploring the border between art and photojournalism, seek different approaches using various narrative tools.

“Isadora is one of the strongest Latin American photographers right now. Her work pushes the boundaries of traditional journalism while exploring new languages, formats and platforms,” said Federico Pardo, documentary filmmaker, photographer, and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

Her 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador’s agrobiodiversity. Since the pandemic began, many producers have returned to their homeland from big cities. This project symbolically portrays current diversity preservation efforts from two different points of view: on the one hand, from the communities cultivating agroecological products in Cotopaxi; and on the other hand, from the perspective of biotechnology scientists working in Quito. This photo essay seeks to understand the meaning of diversity conservation efforts from both perspectives and to explain why these two often fail to interconnect.

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

“I hope to discuss and debate about the current affairs of the world. I hope it becomes a space to rethink our work and the role of communicators in the current context. But above all, I hope to enrich myself with the experiences and knowledge of the mentors and the other colleagues, and contribute in whatever way possible,” Romero said.

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 is ‘Reset’.

“Reset for me means a reconfiguration of the individual and the system in which we are immersed. However, reset does not necessarily mean starting from scratch, but relearning, paying attention to the knowledge that we already have. It also means being able to generate ties of empathy that will allow us to take account of our privileges and inequalities. And then, based on that information, acting consciously to generate real change,” she added.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented on 29 October 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass