Thursday, December 06, 2007


One of the defining voices of the Chicano/Chicana political art movement, Ester Hernández is known for her activist imagery in support of farm worker's rights in California, and for subjects concerned with Chicano culture and history. Of Yaqui and Mexican descent, Hernández was born in California, the sixth child of a farm working family. In Libertad, Hernández lays claim to the Statue of Liberty, which is an emblem of immigration, citizenship, plurality, and freedom. Carved near the base is the word "Aztlán" ("White Land"), the name for the Aztec land of origin, which legend locates somewhere north of Central Mexico-making the point that Chicanos have claim to the land that is now the United States. ***************************************************************** "Libertad! Igualdad! Fraternidad!", by William Carlos Williams * You sullen pig of a man
you force me into the mud with your stinking ash-cart! Brother! --if we were rich we'd stick our chests out and hold our heads high! It is dreams that have destroyed us. There is no more pride in horses or in rein holding. We sit hunched together brooding our fate. Well-- all things turn bitter in the end whether you choose the right or the left way and-- dreams are not a bad thing.

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