Multi-media artist, Lena Bartula installed her gorgeous installation of non-traidtional “huipiles” in this sumptuous mixture of media and idea at San Miguel’s state museum Bellas Artes in this historic city in the spring of 2016.
The statement for this show entitled “Hilos – Threads” is:
“El huipil se convirtîo en un vehiculo de comunicacion que permitio a las mujeres indigenas grabar discretamente los eventos en sus vidas y transcribirlos en patrones. Bartula ha elegido esta antigua tradicion para expresar las contradicciones, las desigualdades y las injusticas de nuestra vida contemporanea modwerna.”
Loosely transcribed it says:
The “huipil” or traditional hand-woven short tunic of the indigenous Mexican women was used to describe pictorially through embroidery important aspects of daily living during their time of oppression during the time of the Spanish conquistadors. Bartula has reinterpreted this concept to depict contradictions and injustices of modern times.
Bartula’s website is: LenaBartula.com