Yael Martinez | Broken Roots

Country of origin: Mexico
Project location: Mexico
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2016

“A people without memory is condemned to repeat their mistakes.”

Guerrero is one of the Mexican States that have been most affected by organized crime. In 2013, three of my brothers-in-law died. After these events I began documenting my family, and the families of other missing people, in order to capture in photographs the psychological and emotional breakdown caused by the loss of family members. I am working with the concepts of pain, emptiness, absence, and forgetting. I´m thus trying to depict the situation which many families in this region face, which they live through daily, and which is one of the causes of the unraveling of Mexico's social fabric.