With a focus on the untold narrative of youth activism, "The Hidden Toll" unveils the psychological costs borne by young change agents. Isabel Ortega, a spirited young activist from Mexico, becomes our lens into this unseen world, her journey telling a deeper story about courage, resilience, and vulnerability.
Through Isabel's journey, we see a rich tapestry of the emotions underlying the fight for justice. Each image exposes the emotional toll that accompanies the exhilaration of public demonstration and social media engagement, often unacknowledged in mainstream discourse. In a world that views youth as invincible, this project confronts the notion head-on by showcasing the quiet resilience in their struggle, capturing the human story behind the activist label.
"The Hidden Toll" portrays activism as a journey of paradoxes. It is empowering yet exhausting, liberating yet binding. The project underscores the inherent tension in being a young activist, constantly juggling personal well-being and the weight of a world in dire need of change. The thread running through the project is a tribute to these young advocates' silent sacrifices and celebrates their unflagging spirit in advocating for change.