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Genocidal practices carried out during conquest are repackaged in various modes of population control, including but not limited to the experimenting of contraceptives on our bodies and the imposed sterilization of Puerto Rican women.  Among colonized and oppressed people, empowered birthing becomes not just a physical, but a spiritual and political act. The ability and choice to birth freely, safely, peacefully and powerfully is a necessary step towards liberation for our communities.

© 2017-20 by Yasmin Hernandez. All rights reserved.  Moca, Puerto Rico.

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, 2012

Charcoal, conte crayon and mirror discs on wood panel. 7" x 5". Atabex is the Taíno fertility goddess. She is surrounded by spiral representing water and fertility. Circles with a dot in the center, as seen in her headdress represent the naval/ the source and evidence of life and alternately represent polaris our skies. Over her vagina is a mirror disc to attract light, as a reference to the spanish term for birthing: dar a luz.