Huellas: Avanzada Estética Por La Liberación Nacional. Chicago, IL: Talleres Gráficos de Editorial El Coquí, 1988.
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Curator and artist Juan Sánchez compares colonialism to an epidemic that causes physical and mental harm. He maintains that the will of the Puerto Rican people to survive colonial oppression is manifested in their culture. Quoting from the writings of artists Francisco Oller, Elizam Escobar, Néstor Otero, and poet Julia de Burgos, Sánchez finds that the art, poetry, and music of Puerto Ricans have consistently addressed such a struggle for freedom, and the preservation of a national identity. Sánchez proposes that the exhibition, Huellas: Avanzada Estética Por La Liberación Nacional, is an example of the collective spirit of Puerto Ricans to combat resignation through cultural activism.
Juan Sánchez (b. 1954) is a painter, printmaker, and professor of fine art at Hunter College, New York City. Born in 1954, Sánchez was a young artist-activist during the emergence of the Puerto Rican empowerment movement in New York, which flourished in the 1970s. Sánchez’s artwork and curatorial projects address sociopolitical issues, such as Puerto Rican independence, freedom for political prisoners, and neocolonialism in the Americas. Huellas was the first major group exhibition that Sánchez organized to draw attention to the colonial status of Puerto Rico. Additional exhibitions include: Remerica!Amerika (1992), and The Puerto Rican Equation (1998).This is the Spanish version of document 802874.