Artists have long served as the voices of a generation, calling out injustice with their work and bringing light to important issues. The following six murals were created by Latinas, using vibrant colors and stunning visuals to inform as much as they beautify.
Justice for Luis D. Gongora Pat
Painted by Twin Walls Mural Company—made up of Chicana Marina Perez-Wong, and Elaine C. Chu, this mural calls for justice in the police shooting death of Luis D. Gongora Pat, at the hands of the San Francisco Police Department. The mural is located in Clarion Alley, a popular street filled with murals that often speak on social issues.
You Are Not Free Until All of Us Are Free
Colombian-American muralist Jessica Sabogal left a bold message on the side of a building in Vienna, Austria. The reminder here is that freedom should be universal.
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Painted by seven women artists including, Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes (cofounder of Precita Eyes Muralists Association), Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton and Irene Perez along with their helpers and volunteers in 1994, the mural titled MaestraPeace covers both the outside of The Women's Building as well as the interior entrance hall and stairway. It features images of feminine icons from history and fiction, and the names of more than 600 women written in calligraphy. According to the San Francisco Women's Center, "This spectacular mural is a culmination of a multi-cultural, multi-generation collaboration of seven women artists, and a colorful work of art that sings to our community." Wiki 🎨: @muralanda @juana_alicia #edytheboone #susankelkcervantes #meeradesai #yvonnelittleton @ireneperezart 📸: @obengurcuoglu @georgiaguiar @pbacquetworld @bblackwellphoto @aimlesslylostinthought @azazellonyc
Now a often-photographed, classic piece of Mission culture, MaestraPeace was created by female artists Susan Kelk Cervantes, Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Yvonne Littleton, Meera Desai, Edythe Boone, and Irene Perez. The mural on The Women’s Building features icon Rigoberta Menchu Tum.
Weaving Cultures, a Chicago mural by artists Sam Kirk (who is Mexican, Irish, German, Native American, and Puerto Rican) and Sandra Antongiorgi (who is Puerto Rican), is an extension of Aurelio Diaz’s 1976 mural Galeria del Barrio. It’s purpose is to celebrate underrepresented women of different backgrounds and includes a transgender Latina.
Dedicated to the DREAMERS
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—————————————————–No nos conocemos el uno al otro Pero nos necesitamos el uno al otro. Somos diferentes Pero todos somos el espíritu de un ser. Tú… Llevas contigo la llave hacia tu potencial, Juntos… Todos llevamos la llave hacia nuestra libertad. —————————————————We don't know each other But we need each other. We are different… But we are all one spirit being. You… Carry the key to your potential, Together… We all carry the key to our freedom. La Morena —————————————–Here is a picture of my latest mural I painted for "Colors of La Communidad mural project" I have dedicated the mural to our DREAMERS and to those who are fighting for their freedom. The Mural project is in Collaboration with Petra Falcon Founder of @promise.arizona, Sam Gomez from @thesagrado and 5 female students From Maxine O. Bush Elementary School led by @venessachavezart. I want to give a big thanks to @kobrapaint for the cans! To my son @dom.lxd To everyone who stopped by to help, big thanks to my Tio Gilbert Hinojos for helping me with the scaffolding with no complaints lol, to those who donated paint, to my south Side Familia Hinojos and Trujillo Fam!!I know you guys are super proud 🙏🏾. To everyone who came to chat, to give thanks and most important…that stopped by to show love!!! #dreamers #cleandreamact #promiseAZ #southphoenix #lamorenaart #chicanoart #Az #Phoenix #streetart #murals #kobrapaint
Chicana Lucinda Y Hinojos (a.k.a. La Morena) painted this mural in Phoenix as part of the Colors of La Communidad mural project. According to Hinojos, it “depicts a migrant girl working in a field, who comes across a cage. She opens the cage up and releases the doves, which represent peace, and the butterflies represent our Dreamers.”