Yasmin Hernandez Art
Soldaderas Mural (Frida Kahlo & Julia de Burgos)
Archival Print on Platine Fibre Rag paper
11 x 17 inches
Hand-signed, limited edition
On July 6, 2011, I unveiled my mural "Soldaderas" in the Modesto Flores Community Garden in El Barrio/ East Harlem, NYC. The mural is a tribute to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. July 6 was chosen as it is Kahlo's birthday and the anniversary of Julia de Burgos' transition. The mural honors the common work, struggles and legacies of both mujeres.
This special remixed image of 2016 is now available as a limited-edition archival print. It features, more prominently, two of the Julia de Burgos quotes included on the original mural. One of them is an excerpt taken from Julia de Burgos' poem "Regalo de los Reyes". It speaks of honoring our flag, giving it a kiss as if it were a maternal caress. Although de Burgos wrote the poem for her own Puerto Rican flag, I include it on the shared red stripe as a message to all Puerto Ricans and Mexicans/ Chicanxs to honor our flags.
The original mural, as well as this commemorative print, borrow their composition from Frida Kahlo's famed painting "Las dos Fridas." Instead of featuring two Frida Kahlos, Frida and Julia sit side by side, hand in hand as a symbol of sisterhood and Mexican/ Puerto Rican solidarity. This is a reference to the two neighboring communities in East Harlem and to the common histories of Mexico and Puerto Rico.
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Yasmin Hernandez is a Brooklyn-born and raised artist whose work is centered on liberation themes. She rematriated to her ancestral homeland of Borikén in 2014, where she is still based.
All images featured on this shop are original artwork by Yasmin Hernandez Art. Under no circumstances should any of the images or content of this shop, in whole or in part, be printed, copied, or reproduced without direct permission from the artist. Thank you.
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