Mujer Zapatista (Zapatista Woman)

Mujer Zapatista (Zapatista Woman)


Antonio Wallace Turok

Mexican, b. 1955

Mujer Zapatista (Zapatista Woman)

Mujer Zapatista

Zapatista Woman

From Chiapas, The End of Silence

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
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]
Related Media

Review and updating of the museum's collection data is ongoing.
Inclusion of an object in this database does not guarantee its availability for loan.
For permission to use images from the online collections, please contact Image Rights and Reproductions.