These portraits are accompanied by quotes from the women themselves, discussing how they came to this profession and their role in the community. These women are referred to exotically in tourist guidebooks as ‘witches’ but are known locally as chiflerasand amautas; the former prepares the materials for traditional healing rituals while the latter conducts the ceremony. The items used in these rituals include coca leaves, desiccated llama foetuses, the q’oa herb, alcohol and brightly coloured llama-wool and sugar figurines. These practitioners have long standing relationships with their clients and may be the first ports of call for those seeking assistance and guidance with their physical, emotional and/or spiritual well-being.
This is a collaboration between the photographer David X Green and the geographer Dr Kate Maclean, who has worked in Bolivia since 2006."
The exhibition will open with a panel discussion, Decolonising Witchcraft: Implications for Knowledge and Health and reception on 3rd March 2017. Find out more and book your free place here.