What makes you passionate about helping TERGO (tergo.org.ua)? 

I find the work that Tergo does amazing. To educate people and society about the LGBT community and movement is the best way to create new opportunities for them to be integrated. I think we all deserve the same opportunities to work, to live, to be happy. A lot of people reject or don´t approve people who are “different”, who don´t fit in a stablished way of being approved by society. And most of the times it´s because of ignorance about the subject, maybe if people knew a little bit more about the innumerable attributes those people have, all the suffering they have been through to be accepted, and they could discover that there is a human being that is fighting to win a place in this world, their perception would be different. I think we all have a very different and unique story, and we all have our own struggle and we can be more humans if we could try to understand the person next to us instead of judging her. So, I think the work of this NGO is very serious and brave and it makes me more than happy to be able to help. 

 

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?  

Photography tells a lot about people, about a society, a country, about their traditions and their personal life. A portrait is a reflection of the soul of the person, it a very good way to describe their feelings. Photography can be a very useful way to help them to be understood, to show the work the NGO is doing to help them. So people can take interest, not only in helping them, but also in approaching them to participate in their activities, to get involved  and be part of the community. 

  

What message would you like to send to your supporters? 

This subject concerns us all. We all have a close friend, a member of our family or even ourselves that belong to the LGBT community. We all have our personal preferences in everything and we deserve the same opportunities as everybody. All together we can learn a lot of this project to apply it to our life. By helping me going to this trip we are helping this NGO creating new opportunities, opening new ways for people not just to be accepted but to open their mind and their hearts to different preferences in life. Together we can help a lot and learn a lot about this to bring it to our social circle and family for more peaceful cexisting. 

You can follow my day a day trip and work through my Instagram @maripomartini and also check the past projects on my website www.maripomartini.net 

Maria’s Bio

Moved by social labor, something I love since I was a little girl, I founded an association named Anima-Ars (www.anima-ars.org) with two friends. We are a group of young people from different working and social areas who work with different artistic sources to encourage people in vulnerable situations, discrimination or disadvantage, to provide them a way to express their problematics and be able to rebuild their path and be reinserted in the social life promoting human development. We have done workshops with girls rescued from human trafficking and sexual slavery, kids with congenital heart disease, and abandoned old people.  

I was born and raised in Mexico City, a huge, polluted, and very crowded city. I studied literature and did my social service with the head of the Botanical Garden, a biologist specialized in cacti, that taught me his love for nature. Attracted by the idea of mixing art and nature, I developed a special interest in science diffusion that drove me to discover a talent in storytelling, to transmit knowledge in a comprehensive way. 

Concurrently, in order to escape a little bit of the stressful life of the city, I found a way to connect with my inner self by climbing mountains and diving deep in the sea. Those two worlds are my passion now a day. All of this drew me closer to photography, land and aerial drone photography, a way to discover the world and discover myself by creating a visual diary. I didn’t just found a way to express my place in this chaotic world and to show what my heart sees, but also to loud the voice and the needs of the people who, by their vulnerable momentary situations, can´t talk by themselves.