Honoring The Women of Juarez

Cinco de Mayo is great and all, but we can’t forget to honor the women of Juarez. If you’re in the NYC area, stop by the exhibit Flor de Tierra. Homage to the Women of Juarez" from Mexican-born, New York-based artist Andrea Arroyo, which will be on view May 6-June 18, 2010 at Women’s eNews (6 Barclay Street, 6th fl, New York, NY 10007, between Broadway and Church).

Arroyo is a proud recipient of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Awards, which celebrate the achievements of those who have bettered the lives of women and girls. Her artwork is in numerous private and public collections including The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Richmond Museums, the National Museum of Mexican Art and The New York Public Library.

This particular exhibit features a selection of works from Arroyo's project in progress Flor de Tierra, which looks to commemorate the women of Juarez, the border city in Mexico where more than 400 women have gone missing or been killed in the past 15 years (the phrase is also a Spanish expression that means something is buried or planted in a shallow place.)

Arroyo is creating a pastel-on-paper drawing as an abstract tribute to each victim. When completed, the project will feature 400 pieces. The artist uses white lines on black paper—a technique reminiscent of police chalk outlines—to render stylized female forms that speak to the presence and resilient beauty of these women. The project celebrates femininity and life while examining notions of race, gender and justice.

For more about Arroyo, visit womensenews.org.