Barrio de Barro: Reclamando y Recordando el Westside de San Antonio
September 12, 2015
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of MujerArtes, the mujeres are presenting the exhibit Barrio de Barro: Reclamando y Recordando el Westside de San Antonio (Neighborhood of Clay: Reclaiming and Remembering the Westside of San Antonio).
The women have created a clay reflection of the area surrounding their studio in the Guadalupe neighborhood including houses, the Guadalupe Catholic Church, a taqueria and a panaderia. They showcase houses and buildings that are often deemed as eyesores as beautiful pieces of art. The women took inspiration for their exhibit on “urban renewal,” from the reality that corporations come in to residential areas (usually low income areas- like the Westside) in order to build lofts and businesses leading to the displacement of people. These mujeres believe and portray through their art that “este barrio es bonito”- the Westside homes and local businesses, and by extension the people and culture, are beautiful and worth preserving.
The women will also exhibit art pieces associated with immigration and “crossing over” and will pay homage at the exhibit to former members of MujerArtes as well as those who have passed with ofrendas.
Opening night of the exhibit will include a reception. The art pieces will be for sale during the opening as well as through the beginning of November.
The Cooperativa MujerArtes, located on the Westside, is a 20 year-old project sponsored by the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. It has been teaching low income Latinas the art of working and creating with clay. A “lost” art in the United States of America, clay work is very much tied to everyday life as well as the universal circle of life. MujerArtes incorporates the cultura of the women in art in order to preserve and tell their stories and historia.