These photos are part of a series called “Girls Colombia” that shows a glimpse of a few girls’ and women’s daily lives on the northern coast of Colombia, where I was born.
I don’t call myself a photographer, but I feel the need to document women who aren’t represented—especially young girls living in remote places that don’t have access to media. If they do, it is filled with information that is not relevant to their context and is packed with distorted values. As a result, they see themselves as not good enough, inadequate, “ugly,” worthless, and they learn to pay extra attention to their outer image. I intend to raise awareness about this situation through my urge to document, so that their perceptions of themselves and each other can eventually change.
Many of the photos in this set show the excitement of getting out of school on a Friday. In some of the other photos, my mom and I and our friends (all women) are on a small boat going through a river. I wanted to capture the really beautiful moment that we were experiencing as we were on our way home. —Sofy Mesa
Sofy Mesa is a 20-year-old student living and making art in Toronto. She works in various lens-based media, as well as sound and 2D visual art. She was born in Colombia and grew up in Canada, and her work deals with exploring her own bicultural experience as a female. She is interested in social change and tries to carry aspects of it through her images by drawing the viewer’s attention to people who are underrepresented.