Santa Muerte

The popular devotion to the folk saint Santa Muerte has quickly expanded in Mexico since the early 2000s. Single mothers, migrants, unemployed people, terminal ill, sexual minorities, criminals and sex workers find protection and a community around the image of Santa Muerte. The image is venerated by people who live at the margins of society or at the very edge, in contexts of extreme vulnerability and uncertainty. The rise of the folk saints allows to understand (in)justice, violence and death in contemporary Mexico but also among Mexican migrants in the USA.

This is a series of portraits of the devotees of Santa Muerte. The pictures were taken in Mexico City and Puebla between 2015 and 2018.

Copyrights of these images remain by the author.