Photographer Gaal D. Cohen worked closely with the indigenous Otomi community in San Pablito, Mexico. Witnesses/Testigos is an exhibition that comes from the friendship, interaction and dialogue between artist, artisan and community. Each finished artwork is a fusion of ancestral art: the digital photograph, and the amate paper on which it is printed. Cohen has documented the eleven stages of the human life cycle, with ten years in between each portrait. Each photograph is printed on amate paper made by Don Genaro Fuentes Trejo, an Otomi artisan papermaker who creates the paper in the traditional ways first used by his ancestors.
This is the first image in the series. It is a portrait of a crying baby several months old. Their eyes are closed tightly and their toothless mouth is wide open.