María Faciolince is a researcher and photographer with far-reaching roots. A blood daughter of Colombia, she was born in Curaçao, grew up in Uruguay and The Netherlands, and has lived in the UK and Honduras since then. Currently she is based in Barcelona.
The images we see define the world we imagine. The pictures that inundate our daily lives mislead our gaze from the intimate everyday lives that truly define humanity. As an anthropologist by training, Maria approaches photography with an ethnographic gaze. Her view focuses on ‘being’ in the world: people’s relations with the self, with each other, and with an environment that is vibrant and alive.
To her, photography is a bridge to sidestep the dangers of academic and professional detachment from the human story. Her experiences as an NGO worker and as an academic researcher on Latin America's marginalized populations have made her deeply sensitive to the responsibilities of representation. In experiencing photo-taking as an encounter, Maria hopes to displace stereotypes with sensitivity.
-M.A. in Psychology and Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews
-MSc in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
- photo editor for an independent newspaper and magazine in Scotland
- worked with various organisations and social movements (UNICEF, Stratus Prep, War on Want, Royal Anthropological Institute, Progressio, Heart for Art Institute, Observatorio ADPI, la PAH).
- photos published in Yahoo Brasil, The Ecologist, Agência Plano, ConSentido, UP, The Saint newspaper, St.Art.
- exhibited work in Amsterdam, London and Barcelona.
Currently Maria’s working on a documentary project on Barcelona’s solidarity economy, partly funded by the European Cultural Foundation.