Imagine: International Chicano Poetry Journal. -- Vol. III, no. 1&2 (Summer-Winter 1986)
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This document is a brief manifesto written by the women’s mural collective Mujeres Muralistas. It states the principles behind their practice of mural painting, emphasizing the importance of collectivity and collaboration to their mission. Responding to charges that their work is not political enough and that it misses an opportunity to represent the difficult reality of life in Latin America, the Mujeres Muralistas state that their primary interest in art making is rather to bring art close to the people—children, the elderly, and so on—who inhabit the neighborhoods and environments of which their murals are a part. This statement on behalf of the Mujeres Muralistas proposes the critical responsibility of art, namely murals, to imbue daily life and public places with color.
The first of its kind, Mujeres Muralistas was a collective comprised of four artists: Graciela Carrillo (US), Consuelo Mendez (Venezuela), Irene Perez (US), and Patricia Rodriguez (US). Though the original core group remained together for only two years, it had a profound impact on other Chicana artists, especially those aspiring to be muralists. This manifesto was included in a special issue of Imagine: International Chicano Poetry Journal dedicated to Chicano art in 1986. It not only affirms the public and community aspects of Chicano Muralism, but also delineates the gender differences and tensions within male dominated Chicano Muralism and Chicano art in general. Aesthetically and politically, the Mujeres Muralistas expanded the imagery of male-dominated Chicano muralism to include family and female subject matter.