from the Homeland: From Aztlan to Dixieland
& Luna presents exhibition to commemorate the 100-year
anniversary of Mexico's Revolution.
& Luna is proud to bring you SOLDADERAS SISTERS: FROM
Aztlan to Dixieland, a series of paintings by Chicana Artist
Valerie Aranda honoring the women of the Mexican Revolution.
The opening ceremony was held on Thursday December 16, 2010
at 6:00 PM at the Friday Cottage, located on 1830 Henderson
St. Columbia SC 29201.
The paintings from
SOLDADERAS are inspired by the courage and strength of Mexico
Revolution's women who fought as soldiers during the 1910-1920
Mexican War against the discriminatory Porfirio Diaz's regime.
Soldaderas were female soldiers who went into combat alongside
men during the Mexican Revolution. The majority of these women
led ordinary lives, but took up arms during the war to fight
for Mexico's freedom. The Mexican photographer Augustín
Casasola documented images of many of the Soldaderas during
this time period. “As a painter, I have reinterpreted
these photographs in the hopes of illuminating the courage,
strength and determination of these women.” Said Valerie
commemorates the 100-year anniversary of Mexico's 1910 Revolution
and it closes the 2010 arts calendar for Palmetto and Luna.
"We have had a very exciting and intense year" said
Ivan Segura, President of Palmetto & Luna, "We had
groundbreaking events like "BREAK! Artistas Latinos in
SC", unique presentations such as "The Mariachi
Clown", renowned events like "What's LOVE Fest',
and several community initiatives including "Diversity
In Action" and "COLORES Project". It has definitely
been an interesting year. It is only fitting that we end in
a high note with this exhibition."
& Luna is a nonprofit organization fostering an understanding
of the Hispanic/Latino culture by providing opportunities
for cultural expression and promoting artistic creation in
South Carolina. SOLDADERAS SISTERS: FROM Aztlan to Dixieland
includes new works and installation by Chicana artist Valerie
Aranda. Valerie is a professor at the School of Arts at Georgia
College State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. Aranda
uses her artwork to examine the role of women, spirituality,
and the impact of religion on daily life.