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Untitled (Tragedy and Tradition, Magma Poncho)

2017
Carla Fernandez (Mexican, born 1973)


Dimensions

Center back: 109.2 cm (43 in.) Center front (front panels): 101.6 × 153.7 cm (40 × 60 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2017.509

Medium or Technique

Hand-painted linen, unique

Not On View

Classifications

Textiles

1 of 16 works Carla brought to Washington DC to be worn at the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. Carla notes on the design: “The ponchos were designed to be exchanged between protesters so we could all wear them. This design is our Magma Poncho, it’s inspired in two of Mexico’s traditional garments: the poncho and the gabán.”

Transcription:
Right side:”WHEN MEN ARE OPPRESSED IT’S A TRAGEDY”
Left side: “WHEN WOMEN ARE OPPRESSED IT’S TRADITION”
Back side: Girl Power fist- generic symbol
About their purpose she notes: “It’s important to understand that we Mexicans can survive anything, but we also have to speak up. … We can’t let them keep knocking us around in press conferences, tweets, and speeches. We also have something to say.”

Provenance

By 2017, Carla Fernandez (b. 1973), Mexico; 2017, sold by Carla Fernandez to the MFA. (Accession date: May 24, 2017)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Carolyn Fine Friedman and Jeremiah Friedman