They do not watch television, go to parties, or engage in the activities that we find normal, and yet, their hopes and dreams are arguably a lot like most of ours. Eunice Adorno's intimate portraits of a mysterious culture present a different way to look at Mennonite women.
The Mennonites left Canada, where they were being required to assimilate, and thrive today in small, isolated populations in Mexico. There they continue practicing their 19th century beliefs of non-violence and love of Christ. Adorno gained the trust of these isolated, mysterious women and began to capture intimate images of their daily lives. From their simple daily rituals to their tangible care for each other, the photographs capture a lifestyle that is as beautiful conceptually as it is aesthetically. The photography collection is now a book entitled "Las Mujeres Flores" -- the flower women.
Although they did not speak the same language, (the Mennonite women spoke German), Adorno's images reveal our languages may not be all that different after all.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated the Mennonites were persecuted and expelled from Canada. They in fact migrated to avoid sending their children to mandatory assimilationist schools.
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