Yasmin Hernandez Art
Freedom Fetish, 2015
Enhanced print, acrylic, ink cowry shells on black cardstock
11x14 inches

This 2015 work called for the release of then Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera. Oscar was thankfully released in 2017 after 35 years in prison. Though I don’t particularly use the term fetish, I liked the title “Freedom Fetish” in this case. The work on a black background, with a print detail of my “Encarcelados” painting on burlap of our former political prisoners, red letters and cowry shells evokes the energy of Eshu/ Eleggua as the holder of keys, the opener of doors and paths. Eshu’s colors are red and black and one of the places his energy manifests is at the crossroads which is why a shell is placed on each corner.

Artist Info: Yasmin Hernandez is a Brooklyn-born and raised artist who rematriated to her ancestral homeland of Borikén in 2014, where she is still based. Her work explores liberation, light and love.


All images are original artwork by Yasmin Hernandez Art. Under no circumstances should any of the images, in whole or in part, be printed, copied or reproduced without direct permission from the artist. Thank you.

Oscar Lopez- Freedom Fetish