Iberian and Latin American Studies: Women in Mexican Folk Art - Of Promises, Betrayals, Monsters and Celebrities
|ISBN: 9780708323649 (0708323642)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Ebrill 2011 |
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CaerdyddFformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 184 tudalen
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The aim of this book is to engender Mexican folk art and locate women at its centre by studying the processes of creation, distribution, and consumption, as well as examining iconographic aspects, and elements of class and ethnicity, from the perspective of gender.
This book is interesting for several reasons, not least of which is that it deals with folk art rather than the ‘high’ art that is the focus of most art books. Bartra’s examination of the definition of folk art and its cultural significance in the first chapter is thorough and enlightening. He then moves on to look at eight different forms of folk art in Mexico, tracing their history and looking at the role women have had in creating each of them. There is a section of colour photographs covering all the forms, so that readers can see what they look like, which enhances understanding and appreciation.
I had never heard of the tradition of burning paper Judases on Easter Saturday, nor would I have imagined there was a form of artwork that consists of clay models of Frida Kahlo paintings (Friditas), so the art forms alone are fascinating. Bartra also offers a detailed examination of the traditional process for creating each of these forms, and women’s role in the process. His interviews with female artisans give a good insight into how they feel about what they do, and their own views about how they are treated by men in a male-dominated society.
Overall, Bartra’s book is highly informative on a topic that tends to receive little attention.
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Folk Art and some of its Myths
Women and Votive Paintings
Judas was not a Woman, but…
Fantastic Arts: Alebrijes and Ocumichos
Monsters of a Thousand Colors
Laughing Little Devils
‘High’ Art in Ocumicho
Frida Kahlo on a Visit to Ocotlán: ‘The Painting’s One Thing, the Clay’s Another’
The Paintings on the Sarapes of Teotitlán
From Humble Rag Dolls to Zapatistas
Embroiderers of Miracles
Professor Eli Bartra is based in La División de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, México. She has published widely in Women’s Studies in both Spanish and English.
Some of the world´s most extraordinary folk art is produced in Mexico, mainly by women, and this book offers eight examples of fascinating visual forms. Some are traditional and others are modern, including votive paintings, embroidered exvotos, cardboard Judas dolls and alebrijes, fantastic clay figures from Ocumicho, reproductions of Frida Kahlo’s paintings in clay, the serapes of Teotitlán del Valle (Oaxaca), the Zapatista dolls and, as well, the siurells of Mallorca, Spain, all non-utilitarian art.
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