The Many Faces of la Malinche I
61 x 61 cm, Acrylic on Plywood
Artist: Christa Assad x Kevin Wickham
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La Malinche (c. 1500 – c. 1529) Some see her as a founding figure of the Mexican nation, while others see her as a traitor who betrayed the indigenous population of her country and aided Cortés in the Spanish Conquest of México. But Mexican feminists defended La Malinche as a woman caught between cultures, forced to make complex decisions, who ultimately served as a mother of a new race. The four interpretations of La Malinche painted for this exhibition exemplify the varying public personae she embodied.
Art Exhibition: Quien Calla, Otorga (Silence Means Conscent) celebrates women of México past and present. While some of those represented are controversial figures in history, all are undeniably powerful. Their strength inspires the next generation of young women to find their voices and use their minds for positive change..
Feminine energy is breaking out around the world. Women are taking control as political leaders and active fighters in the military and rebel groups. But while the number of current female leaders – excluding monarchs and figureheads – has more than doubled since 2000, most of the world’s nations have never been led by a woman (Pew Research Center, March 8, 2017). We are already familiar with what happens when men are in power. Male energy has led us to endless wars, to mass destruction and devastation of our planet and its natural resources, to genocide. It is time for change and for the feminine energy to take the lead.