Madre Protectora

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Rosalia Torres-Weiner
acrylic and mixed media on wood
60 1/16 × 36 3/16 × 2 7/16 in. (152.5 × 91.9 × 6.2 cm)
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Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Rosalia Torres-Weiner reimagines the Virgin of Guadalupe in this mixed media rendering of the patron saint of Mexico. While Guadalupe retains her blue starry mantle and red gown, the cardboard AK-47 held across her chest departs from her usual iconography. Likewise, a red banner proclaiming her new title and the name of this artwork, Madre Protectora, replaces the crescent moon held by a cherub on which she typically stands. Her golden mandala has been supplanted by pink hibiscus flowers on a teal background and stylized white dots represent lives lost on the US-Mexico border. Strung across the red shadowbox enclosing the acrylic painting are four strands of string evoking barbed wire, behind which are three red figurines, including Christ at the center. Torres-Weiner alters the maternal imagery of the Virgin to address the faith and fierce protection needed by Latinx immigrants. The artwork was on display at the Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibition, Gateways/Portales from December 2016 to January 2018.
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mixed media
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