We want to tell you what do we do and when it all started.

Queremos contarte qué hacemos y cuando empezó todo.

We are a collective of women
photographers and storytellers that develop projects related to:

Somos un colectivo de mujeres fotógrafas y narradoras que desarrollamos proyectos relacionados con:

Human rights
Derechos humanos
and territory.
y territorio.
identity
identidad
We narrate through photography boosted by other artistic disciplines.
Narramos a través de la fotografía impulsada por otras disciplinas artísticas.

We are a symbiosis of women’s voices brought together to diversify the way we tell stories in our own region through a solutions based narration promoting change.

Somos una simbiosis de voces de mujeres reunidas para diversificar la forma en que contamos historias en nuestra propia región a través de una narración basada en soluciones que promueve el cambio.

Ana
Andrea
Danielle
Johanna
Karla
Mariceu
Sarah
Tamara
The Start
El comienzo

The photojournalist Tamara Merino had wanted for years to form a collective of female photographers because “the stories of the world have always been told through the male gaze ”, but some unforeseen event always arose that delayed it. A trip, a job assignment, a pregnancy, a project. Until the forced pause caused by the coronavirus pandemic arrived. Merino then took advantage to contact seven other women dedicated to image in all its formats and together they created Ayün.

La fotoperiodista Tamara Merino llevaba años queriendo formar un colectivo de fotógrafas porque “las historias del mundo siempre han sido contadas a través de la mirada masculina”, pero siempre surgía algún imprevisto que lo retrasaba. Un viaje, un encargo de trabajo, un embarazo, un proyecto. Hasta que llegó la pausa forzada provocada por la pandemia de coronavirus. Merino aprovechó entonces para contactar con otras siete mujeres dedicadas a la imagen en todos sus formatos y entre todas crearon Ayün.

The word comes from the Mapuche language of the Latin American natives, and although it does not have a direct translation into Spanish, Merino defined as a love that is not romantic but seeks to see the light in the other. “It made us a lot of sense as a name because we are a collective based on brotherhood and the community that precisely has that mission ”.

La palabra proviene de la lengua mapuche de los nativos latinoamericanos, y aunque no tiene un sentido directo en su traducción al español, Merino lo define como un amor que no es romántico sino que busca ver la luz en el otro. "Eso nos dio mucho sentido como nombre porque somos un colectivo basado en la hermandad y la comunidad que precisamente tiene esa misión ”.

“It made us a lot of sense as a name because we are a collective based on brotherhood and the community that precisely has that mission ”.
“It made us a lot of sense as a name because we are a collective based on brotherhood and the community that precisely has that mission ”.

Contact

Ayün is available for commissioned projects and collaborations. No geographical restrictions, from local projects to global clients.

For work inquires
ayunfotografas@gmail.com

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We are a collective of women photographers and story tellers that develop projects related to human rights, identity and territory.

We narrate through photography boosted by other artistic disciplines.

We are a symbiosis of women’s voices brought together to diversify the way we tell stories in our own region through a solutions based narration promoting change.

The start

The photojournalist Tamara Merino had wanted for years to form a collective of female photographers because “the stories of the world
have always been told through the male gaze ”, but some unforeseen event always arose that delayed it. A trip, a job assignment, a
pregnancy, a project.

Until the forced pause caused by the coronavirus pandemic arrived.

Merino then took advantage to contact seven other women dedicated to image in all its formats and together they created Ayün.

The word comes from the Mapuche language of the Latin American natives, and although it does not have a direct translation into Spanish, Merino defined as a love that is not romantic but seeks to see the light in the other.

“It made us a lot of sense as a name because we are a collective based on brotherhood and the community that precisely has that mission ”.

Each develops its own photographic projects and tries not to stay “simply with the photographic narration, but rather we implement new artistic disciplines such as diptychs, video or paintings on photographs to open the range of narration ”.

Their first joint project is supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society to document the pandemic each since
their territory but with the same focus, the relationship of the human being with nature, which they address in three chapters: the
intimacy of the house, the return to nature and the impact of being human on it.

The eight photographers that compose it have the common bond in Latin America, either as a place of birth, residence or job.

These portfolio site contains some of the most representative images of their long-term individual works.

Instagram: @ayunfotografas

Contact

Ayün is available for commissioned projects and collaborations. No geographical restrictions, from local projects to global clients.

For work inquires

ayunfotografas@gmail.com