Monday, October 22, 2012
Queer Chican@ Art Gallery
I attended Alma Lopez's art show in Kerchkoff and it was interesting seeing all the different depictions of strong women in her paintings. One project consisted of real luchadora women being represented in various wrestling poses.
Another project was a series of martyred women who throughout history were persecuted and tortured for refusing to marry a male. Alma has interpreted these women as being queer and unyielding to bend under the pressures of their tyrannical society staying true to themselves.
There was also a project portraying the famous controversial "Our Lady" as interpreted by Alma in small cuadros next to the more classic image of Maria through the eyes of Juan Diego. I liked seeing the strong and beautiful "Our Lady" with boxing gloves next to the more pious but still powerful image of Maria. It is fascinating to see how different generations define how a powerful woman should appear and how it has evolved into something completely new yet still has its ties to the archaic definition.
Throughout the gallery a quote from Che Guevara kept popping up in Alma's work which was, "Let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love" alongside images of powerful women controlling men.