Dia De Los Muertos season in Tucson is magical, meaningful, and profoundly moving. We are blessed to have many fine opportunities to learn about and honor the traditions of native and indigenous peoples in Tucson–including the excellent work done by Many Mouths One Stomach, culminating in our Day of the Dead Procession on November 4.
Perhaps my favorite way to honor this tradition is sharing the powerful celebration offered with love by Ceci and John and all those who help support Raices Gallery.
For over fifty years I have been a feminist artist activist in the tradition of the Guerrilla Girls: acting up, speaking out, and making political art. This year I am pleased to offer two pieces in the Raices Gallery Dia De Muertos show, inspired by my social justice work with women of many cultures.
My pieces: Honoring and Remembering The Lost Daughters (Mothers, Sisters, & Friends) of Ciudad Juarez
Remembering Esmeralda and Isabel:
Mixed media collages by activist artist Kaitlin Meadows that contrast haunting confirmation photographs of young women (representing ultimate purity & innocence) and tattered lace and human detritus (representing the landfills & dumps in which their mutilated bodies have been discovered).
The phenomenon of the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez, called in Spanish feminicidio (“feminicide“), involves the violent deaths of hundreds of women and girls since 1993 in the northern Mexican region of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, a border city across the Rio Grande from the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas.
The number of murdered women and girls in Ciudad Juárez since 1993 is estimated to be more than 1,500.
The murders in Juárez would not have drawn such national and international attention if it were not for the heroic efforts of the victims’ families and activist women around the world.
The murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juárez have received international attention, due to Mexican government inaction in preventing violence against women and girls and bringing perpetrators to justice.
Evidence suggests that a specific group of women and girls are being targeted in Ciudad Juárez. The victims share common characteristics, and there are many similarities in the violent crimes committed against them. Most of the victims are young women who come from impoverished backgrounds and work in maquiladoras, as factory workers, in other sectors of the informal economy, or are students.
Cultural academic Mercedes Olivera has argued that feminicide is a mechanism of domination, control, oppression, and power over women.
My work hopes to bring greater knowledge and compassionate response to this tragedy of loss.
In 1999, a group of feminist activists founded Casa Amiga, Juárez’s first rape crisis and sexual assault center. The center works to provide women in Juárez with a refuge against violence, therapy, legal counsel, and medical attention. Casa Amiga also works to raise public awareness both locally and internationally regarding the exploitation and dehumanization of women in Juárez.
In 2002, a social justice movement named Ni Una Mas, which in Spanish means “not one more,” was formed to raise international awareness to violence against women in Juárez. The movement consists of a variety of domestic and international organizations and individual activists. Ni Una Mas participants demand that the Mexican state implement strategies that prevent violence against women including murder and kidnappings and that the state conduct competent investigations on crimes already committed.
All proceeds from the sale of these remembrances will go to Casa Amiga and Ni Una Mas
JOIN ME FOR THE OPENING CELEBRATION OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
FRIDAY NOV 2, 2018 6:00 – 9:00 PM
RAICES TALLER 222 ART GALLERY & WORKSHOP
218 E. 6TH STREET TUCSON, AZ 85705
Exhibition Dates: Nov 2 – Nov 17, 2018
A BEAUTIFUL AND SINCERE EVENT CELEBRATING DIA DE LOS MUERTOS IN THE TRADITION OF THE HISPANIC SOUTHWEST
ALTARS AND OFRENDAS BY INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
PAINTINGS, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND MIXED MEDIA WORK BY LOCAL AND REGIONAL ARTISTS
EVENT STARTS AT 6:00 PM WITH BLESSING OF THE SPACE AND LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES
JOIN US FOR FOOD (POTLUCK – BRING SOMETHING TO SHARE), REFRESHMENTS & MUSIC !
MUSIC BY TUCSON’S OWN MARIACHI MILAGRO !
CHILDREN WELCOME – DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ACTIVITY TABLE !
DONATIONS APPRECIATED !
Regular gallery hours: Fridays & Saturdays 1:00 – 5:00 pm and by appointment
Dia de los Muertos – 2018 is sponsored in part by generous donations from:
Jerry & Dina Aguilar family / La Mesa Tortillas
Claudia Arevalo / Arevalo Law Firm LLC
Mariachi Milagro & artist David Tineo
Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop is Tucson’s only Latino based nonprofit cooperative contemporary art gallery located in the Downtown Historic Warehouse District
Let us open our hearts and souls to the stories and solace of those who have passed over and yet still offer us their wisdom and grace.
All Good Blessings of the Season to You and Yours, Both Living and Passed
© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2018. All Rights Reserved.