First of all…
If my mother tongue is Latin American Spanish, why this project and this page are written in English?
The fact says that English’s a language spread worldwide. And the idea is to reach people from all around the globe.
How this journey started…
In 2011 I was emotionally moved by an image. Granada, Andalusia, Spain.
In a corner of a public toilette in La Alhambra, a woman was breastfeeding her baby completely covered with a cloth. She was covered and covered the child. The baby might have been about 10 months old. I quickly realized there was a problem: it was evident that this was a society which censured a natural and vital act, and subjected women to hide to respond to that call: that of life.
I had been in Poland a while before where I shared five days in Lomianki with a young family with two children, one of them of nearly a year old. Majda, the mother, told me that it was unusual to see women breastfeeding their babies in public, and generally a child breastfed until 8 months because of this fact.
Then in Portugal, Joana, a young first-time mother, shared her daily routine with me for three days. She narrated that it was not well seen to breastfeed in public even though the baby would be in need and less if he/she was older than six months. Hers was 5 months. The amazing thing about this is that none of these women had noticed this fact, they simply had not thought about it, accepting the norm.
In February 2015 I returned to Europe to develop The Nurture & Care Project, aiming to visibilize breastfeeding in public spaces, photographing women who usually do so, and to increase public awareness and understanding of the need of breastfeed as a natural and healthy act, in spite the age of the baby.
Since then up-to-date, 2017, I’ve dedicated 12 months in total working on this project, in which I’ve travelled through 8 different countries and photographed more than 100 women.