Marcela works as a photographer and visual artist in Porto Velho, Rondônia. A black woman, she dedicates herself to the project (Re)knowing the Black Amazon: black peoples, customs and influences in the forest, in the field of visual anthropology, which deals with the constitution and memory of the Brazilian black population in the Amazon region. 

The photographer explains that, before arriving in Rondônia in 2010, her imaginary about the Amazon was restricted to “wild nature, to the Indian, to nothing.” It was in the Amazon that she began a process of awareness about her own identity.