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Portrait. A Hero of Our Time

Maria Elena

Single, Jury Honorable Mention
Maria Elena

A portrait of Maria Elena Rios in a field of marigolds, the symbolic flower of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead),  in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. After surviving an attempted femicide – an acid attack by her ex-boyfriend in September 2019 – the 27-year-old saxophonist is now fighting for justice. Disfigured, it is through music and her instrument that she succeeded in being reborn and in finding the strength to continue her fight.

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