Cristina Garcia Rodero Maria Lionza cult. Sorte mountain. Yaracuy state, Venezuela. 1998. © Cristina Garcia Rodero | Magnum Photos

From May 12 to December 31, ‘Maria Lionza’ an exhibition by Magnum’s Cristina García Rodero will be on display in the Gardens of the Daoulas Abbey (Finistère, France).

The exhibition is titled after Maria Lionza; the central figure of one of the largest cults in Venezuela. Her cult is a blend of African, Indigenous, and Catholic beliefs similar to the Caribbean Santeria. She is revered as a goddess of nature, love, peace and harmony.

The exhibition contains 25 works revolving around this mythical Venezuelan character, whose cult dates back to the fifteenth century. Cristina García Rodero developed this work over a decade (1998-2008), photographing the rites, ceremonies and customs of María Lionza’s worshippers in contemporary Venezuela.

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