19 imagesIt might feel intimidating at first, but there’s nothing more wonderful than the community feel of a big Mexican family. I was lucky enough to being married into such a family, one that, as most Mexican families, has a strong foundation in unity. Religious ceremonies, a shared meal, hosting parties at their homes and making visitors feel comfortable is a large part of their values and customs. Their story is a story of joy and grief, faith and traditions, and care and concern in a world that lacks perspective for young people. Generations of families typically live in the same neighborhood or in the same house, with children guaranteeing social security once their parents retire, which reflects the dedication to supporting family members and displaying loyalty. Family ties are strong in Mexican culture and have been for centuries. With modern times, change comes, but Mexican families will always be rooted in tradition. (Ongoing Personal Long Term Project started in 2014)
18 imagesEveryone knows how much influence Mexicans have on the U.S. way of life and economy, but as globalization makes its way forward and with increasing difficulties to live a normal life in Mexico, some Mexicans leave their country either because they were sent to Germany by their home countries organization (turning into expats) or because they fell in love with a German citizen. This series is meant to shed light on a somewhat underrepresented community in Germany, a community where political or regional differences are virtually absent. Here, they are all Mexicans, a group that came together via social media to share their traditions, their fears and their joys.
16 imagesIntertwined testimonies of everyday life of newcomers to Germany from arab speaking & african countries after the so-called refugee crisis in 2015 and its long-time residends.