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In order to illuminate the stories of women whose voices have been forgotten or silenced, I have been creating contemporary huipils, the name for traditional Mexican blouses, each of which represents a particular woman or group of women.
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Lena Bartula
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Lena Bartula
Corn Mother in Disguise شاهدي شاشة أكبر >
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Lena Bartula
Tibet, the Motherland شاهدي شاشة أكبر >
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Lena Bartula
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Lena Bartula
Contemporary huipils on clothesline شاهدي شاشة أكبر >
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Lena Bartula
Hands for Anna Mae شاهدي شاشة أكبر >
"A huipil (wee-peel) is the traditional blouse of Mexico and Guatemala, the grandest form of Latin America’s weaving heritage. It identifies the specific village of the wearer, her status, background and beliefs, and even individual personality. And while it signifies and identifies, it also covers up the most personal parts of a woman’s body. I use the shape of the huipil as metaphor for the ‘cover up’ and the uncovering of women’s stories, allowing the materials to speak of characteristics and personal traits that chronicle a particular life or event. Not all of my contemporary huipils represent human individuals; some are for mythological beings, feminine energies, or groups of women.

Created from recycled bags that once held corn or beans, lottery posters, oilcloth, corn husks, market bags, bandanas, etc., my huipils illuminate lives and stories of women who have been silenced, whether politically, emotionally or physically. I try to give reference to not only personal stories, but the epoch and society to which they belong. Some of the women, like Ana Mae Aquash, Sor Juana and the Mirabal sisters, were eventually silenced for being outspoken beacons of courage in their activism. Others, like Corn Mother and Tibet, the Motherland, are reminders of a femaleness in distress from the effects of an aggressively male dominated planet.

There is profound beauty and grace in these objects, which are all the same size and the same shape. Maybe I believe that if I see myself as ‘everywoman’ I am more likely to empathize with other women’s situations and hear their plea for rights, justice and peace. Maybe I believe that if we can move from women’s rights towards human rights, towards respect for all living beings, that there is the possibility for peace and justice in a loving world. I do fervently believe that art has the power to transform, to heal, to help us manifest a better world, and hope that the art I make serves to fulfill that purpose.”

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