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SOLO MUJERES an exhibition at the Mission Cultural Center of San Francisco

Opening Night Reception: March 13, 2020, 6-10 pm

Closing Reception: April 25, 2020

at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

2828 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening Night: May 13, 2020 6pm – 10pm

Opening begins outside of MCCLA at 6pm: Community Performance Art “Teatro Callejero” and “Mujeres con Faldas de Serpientes y Talones de Aguila” Flash Mob (all women invited to participate). Performance artist Berta Hernandez will lead performance of “La Tesis: Un violador en mi camino,” dedicated to missing and murdered women.

MCCLA Theater: 7pm-8pm

Screening of short film “Matriarchy” written by Patricia Zamorano, Produced by Lauren Ballesteros and Rosa Lisbeth Navarete

Music Videos Produced by Mission Girls

Music by Marci Valdivieso

Poetry Spoken Word Artists: Berta Hernandez, Yenia Avery Jimenez, Simone Jacques

MCCLA Gallery 2nd Floor: 8pm-9:30pm

Exhibit features 50 established and emergent artists from U.S. and Mexico.

Curator: Dr. Martina Ayala Theme: Coatlicue State

“Though we tremble before uncertain futures may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength, may we dance in the face of our fears.” – Gloria Anzaldua

The theme for this exhibit is inspired by Coatlicue, the feminine deity that comes from Aztec mythology. Coatlicue derives from the Nahuatl language meaning “the one with the skirt of serpents.” The word for serpent is coātl. “Mother Goddess of the Earth who gives birth to all celestial things, ” “Goddess of Fire and Fertility,” “Goddess of Life, Death and Rebirth,” and “Mother of the Southern Stars.”

This show brings together women artists, “Nepantleras” that embody what author Gloria Anzaldua described as the “Coatlicue State” a term used to describe the “internal whirlwind” which “gives and takes away life,” “invoking art,” and that is “alive, infused with spirit” (Anzaldua 68, 88-89). Like Anzaldua, the artists featured in this show use the powerful symbolism and myth of Coatlicue to articulate a type of identity conflict experienced by herself, Latinas, and women in general. To be in a “Coatlicue State” is to experience and engage in a life changing experience that disrupts the “smooth flow (complacency) of life and propels the soul to do its work, our disappointments, painful experiences out of which we make meaning and lead us in becoming more of who we are.” (68)

This is particularly noted among people who reside in lands where the dominant culture does not reflect the cultural traditions of their families, leading to an identity crisis between various cultures of their life. Coatlicue mother of life, death and rebirth, as well as Gloria Anzaldua’s definition provides a powerful term to describe the many aspects of women presented in this show reclaiming their sovereignty as women and honoring their sacred journey.

“Nepantlera” identified women and allies are invited to submit their work for consideration for the 33rd “Solo Mujeres” Exhibition entitled “Mujeres con Faldas de Serpientes y Talones de Aguila” (Women with Serpent Skirts and Eagle Talons) Curated by Dr. Martina Ayala.


Tatiana Aguilera, Sonia Baez-Hernandez, Lauren Ballesteros, Bubblebathsbitch, Magué Calanche, Nanibah Chacon, Jacqueline Chavarria, Martha Estrella, Erica Friend, Ana Gachero, Devyn Galindo, Emilia Garcia, Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez, Mission Girls, Mia Gonzalez, Nabil Gonzalez, Berta Hernandez, Jonathan Higadera, Jasmin Iraheta, Simone Jacques, Yenia Avery Jimenez, Diane Kahlo, J. L. King, Silvia Ledezma, Pola Lopez, Nancy Maldonado, Leila Mansur, Simone Monrad, Linette Morales, Montana Murdoch, Carmen Navar, Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete, Alejandra Palos, Viviana Paredes, Irma Sofia Poeter, G. Billie Quijano, Mikaela Rascano, Isis Rodriguez, J. Rodriguez De Ala, Keena Azania Romano, Sonia Romero, Manuel “Fases” Ruelas, Angeline Natalia Ramirez Tarigo, Michelle Tarigo, Claudia Lopez Terroso, Carla I. Tott, Luna Tott-Van Meter, Melly Trochez, Angelica Valadez, Marci Valdivieso, Kathy Vargas, Beatriz Vasquez, Patricia Zamorano


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