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Lorna Mulero- Collaborator

women of liberty

Women of Liberty is a site-specific intervention of the mural at North 17th St and Mt Vernon St corner in Philadelphia. The week-long activation at the Mural location in November 2019 included a temporary revision of the flag and a series of projections.The mural captures the moment when a group of people hung the Puerto Rican flag on the Statue of Liberty in demand of independence for the island. By projecting faces of women onto the Statue of Liberty’s mural face the intervention explores similarities in the fight against Puerto Rico’s colonialism and the fight for women’s rights.

Special Thanks: Daniel Tucker, Mural Arts Crew – especially Zambia and Carlos for installation of the flag and Donavan for his assistance day of the event. Thank You Partners: Justino Navarro, Spring Garden CDC, Spring Garden Civic Association, Patrick Boyle, President Spring Garden Civic Association, Willows at Mount Vernon and their residents, and Gilberto Gonzalez for your support.

Exhibition Essay 'Power Map: Looking Back, Looking Forward'

Daniel Tucker,

Curator

“Power Map: Historic Mural Activations” is a series of five newly commissioned artworks, events, performances and workshops activating murals created in Mural Arts Philadelphia’s (MAP) first 20 years that depict power and empowerment. Five diverse figurative murals serve as the starting point for an exploration of the history of their creation and the neighborhood change that the murals have witnessed. They also offer a prompt for thinking about how power is depicted in public art today and in the recent past. Historic Mural Activations took place between the Summer of 2019 and Fall of 2020 featuring artists Marie Alarcon, Ken McFarlane, Mark Strandquist & Courtney Bowles with TRIPOD writers-in-residence from Writers Room at Drexel, Studio 22 (Nasheli Juliana Ortiz, Marién Vélez and Lorna Mulero) and Eva Wǒ. This project has been developed on the occasion of MAP’s 35th anniversary by guest curator-in-residence Daniel Tucker. 

 

The title of the project is inspired by the practice of “power mapping” which is a form found commonly in community organizing. One of the conventions of a power map is to create a visualization of who might be in agreement or disagreement around a particular issue. This emphasis on Agree/Disagree, or Yes/No, can be seen as the foundation of politics, but it also connects with aesthetic questions essential to the history of muralism in terms of the representation of affirmative or negative depictions of a community. Additionally, the use of the Mural Arts Philadelphia organizational acronym: MAP in the title of the project is intentional and indicates an opportunity for the project to expand upon the rich organizational history.