Step Back in Time With the Mennonites of Bolivia
Photographer Jordi Busqué spent a decade documenting Mennonite families who have migrated to Bolivia in search of greater autonomy.
On a foggy night twelve years ago, Jordi Busqué thought he was hallucinating. He and his brother were waiting for a bus in the eastern lowlands of Bolivia when out of the darkness, tall figures dressed in overalls, cowboy hats, and long frocks passed by without a sound. Inquiring about the strange apparition the next morning, Busqué learned they were Mennonites, a religious group committed to pacifism, social discipline, and community-based agriculture.
Busqué, who is from Barcelona, had never heard about the Mennonites. Fascinated, he sought them out, eventually visiting 20 colonies over the course of the next 10 years.
“Today, cultures from around the world tend to become quite the same, imitating the mores they see in films and