Maya Goded

Through her photographs and now on video, Maya Goded (Mexico, 1967) explores the subjects of female sexuality, prostitution and gender violence in a society in which the role of women is narrowly defined and femininity is shrouded in myths of chastity, fragility and motherhood. She has published several books and co-authored others, including Plaza de la Soledad, published in Spain by Lunwerg; Good Girls,published in New York by Umbrige; and Tierra Negra, published in Mexico by El Milagro. Maya’s photographs convey a rare sense of intimacy and authenticity, the product of mutual trust established with the subject over time. It is this coming together of subject and photographer so tangible in the body language of her portraits― that elicits the empathy of the viewer. She is not afraid to depict people in difficult situations, whether it’s the valiant among us whose refusal to conform constitutes a threat to established norms or the vulnerable, whose lives are deformed by notions of power and control. Her gift for celebrating otherness and a humanity that transcends social barriers have won Maya numerous awards and scholarships.





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