The six million strong annual pilgrimage to Tepeyac in Mexico City marks the anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531 to the indigenous man Juan Diego, and the miraculous appearance of her image on his cloak. This work not only explores the power of the icon from an anthropological perspective in the context of contemporary Mexico, but it is also an exploration of the power of imagery and its role in personal faith.
‘They become image because they carry an interpretation of the image they are going to venerate, and because the only thing photography retains of them is this echo image of another image. And it is obviously because belief, for want of generating visions for each person, has materialized in an image to become “the Image”, that this is possible’. Christian Caujolle.