Tezcatlipoca, the smoking mirror

Tezcatlipoca, the smoking mirror, he is associated with a wide range of concepts, including the night sky, the night winds, hurricanes, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, jaguars, sorcery, beauty, war and strife.  A mixed media series I did for, Remind Me, a group show up now at Open Cafe in downtown Oakland.  This is a series that let me explore the layers of how I feel about myself.  It’s a nude self portrait, where I distort by cutting in geometric slits and shapes to reveal photos or drawings of indigenous women from the three different groups that I am from, Tarasco, Zacateca and Huichol.  As a brown, indigenous woman I am born afraid of my body, rectangular, dark and subjected by men.  Indigenous women have the highest rates of rape and assault.  I have never felt like I belonged to myself until now.  These pieces have let me explore the power and vulnerabilities of my vessel.

Curated by Lena Sok, REMIND ME is a display of affirmation in practice.  This exhibit showcases Black, Brown, and Asian femme/non-binary artists.  These works are manifestations of the constant effort to remind ourselves of our strength and love.

 

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