Women in Mexican Folk Art

Of Promises, Betrayals, Monsters and Celebrities

Author(s) Eli Bartra

Language: English

Genre(s): Art and Music

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • December 2013 · 256 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9780708323649
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781783160747
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783160754

About The Book

The aim of this book is to engender Mexican folk art and locate women at its centre by studying the processes of creation, distribution, and consumption, as well as examining iconographic aspects, and elements of class and ethnicity, from the perspective of gender. The author will demonstrate that the topic provides unique insights into Mexican culture, and has enormous relevance within and without the country, given the fact that much folk art is made for the United States and Europe, either in terms of the tourists who buy it on coming to Mexico, or that which is exported.


"Women's studies professor Bartra writes provocatively and compellingly about the role of women artists in society... Her documentation of Mexican women artists, a group generally ignored in art history scholarship, is important and necessary... Bartra construct[s] the relevant critical structures by which readers can arrive at a fuller and fairer comprehension of the cultural roles and activities of women artists in their societies. Recommended."-J. B. Wolford "Choice "


Folk Art and some of its Myths Women and Votive Paintings Judas was not a Woman, but - Fantastic Arts: Alebrijes and Ocumichos Monsters of a Thousand Colors Laughing Little Devils 'High' Art in Ocumicho Frida Kahlo on a Visit to Ocotlan: 'The Painting's One Thing, the Clay's Another' The Paintings on the Sarapes of Teotitlan From Humble Rag Dolls to Zapatistas Embroiderers of Miracles

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Eli Bartra

Eli Bartra is a philosopher and forerunner in research on women and folk art in different parts of the world but particularly Mexico. She co-founded the Women, Identity and Power area of the Department of Politics and Culture of the Autonomous Metropolitan University Xochimilco in Mexico City.

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