Mujer Zapatista (Zapatista Woman)

Mujer Zapatista (Zapatista Woman)

Photograph

Antonio Wallace Turok

Maker
Mexican, b. 1955

Mujer Zapatista (Zapatista Woman)

Mujer Zapatista


Zapatista Woman


From Chiapas, The End of Silence


1994
Gelatin silver print
Image: 12 1/4 × 8 1/8 in. (31.1 × 20.6 cm)
Paper: 14 × 10 15/16 in. (35.6 × 27.8 cm)
Gift of the FiftyCrows Foundation
2015.0133.0364
Inscriptions Inscribed in pencil on print verso, BL: 21
Inscribed in pencil on print verso, BR: Turok 21
TextOn January 1, 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) led an indigenous uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. The participants denounced poverty, meager working conditions, and the effects of globalization on their way of life. They also called for land reform and community participation in government. Indigenous women placed women’s rights at the center of the movement, calling out domestic violence and forced marriages while advocating for education and better healthcare. With a mask over her face, the woman in this photograph is unidentifiable, symbolizing a key Zapatista principle of collectivity.

—Label text, History of Photography [Rotation 15]
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