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Sierra Zapoteca, the most recent book of the Mexican photographer Jorge Lépez Vela, is the result of years of work, it includes 60 photographs in black and white taken in over 15 communities in the Sierra Norte de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico. All photographs are accompanied by ambient sound, music and dialogues in Zapoteco to help us enter more deeply into the world of the Zapotecos. " In this book we are taken on a journey marked by the infinite landscape of the mountains, whose clouds transport us to the fantastic world of the other. However, the substance of the book avoids both folkloric clichés and anthropological condescension, and places us amongst the flesh-and-bone individuals. In these photographs there is room for reflection in the large gaps that seem to structure the visual discourse. The subjects are revealed through their objects, their environment, body details and gestures. There is movement, there is music, laughter and noise of animals. In fact, feelings and emotions pass through the animals close ups, inevitable protagonists of the parties. " (Rosa Casanova)