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Tercer Mundistas Triptych (2011)

$40.00

Melanie Cervantes
Each print measures 8 x 9 (there are three prints together)
2-color, Handmade Screen Prints
Edition of 50
Bright White Heavyweight Archival Art Paper
Printed in Oakland, 2011

This triptych** of small prints is called Tercer Mundistas and features portraits of women from Palestine, the Sudan and Guatemala. I wanted to capture then juxtapose their strength and resilience in light of their struggles for autonomy and justice.

I was inspired to create this piece while attending a concert by the Colombian band Aterciopelados.

Their performance of the song "Bandera (Flag)" which addresses the plight of people migrating in the face of borders and laws that restrict people's movement. It made me think of how Arizona's SB 1070 sparked a tide of anti-migrant legislation but the more I reflected as the lead singer, Andrea Echeverri crooned, the more I broadened my provincial thinking to think about other places in the world where this story is also relevant. Here are the particular lyrics that inspired me and where I draw the title from:

Quién dijo que un trozo de tela, cierra las puertas
y las fronteras, quién delimita,
este es mi planeta, si soy tercermundista,
y empaco mis maletas

Que quién es usted, que dónde nací,
entonces no puede, venir por aquí,
que de qué color es, y que dónde nací,
entonces no puede venir por aquí

Who said a piece of cloth
closes doors and borders
who defines, this, my planet
if I'm Third World
if I pack my bags

"Who are you? Where were you born?"
Then you cannot come here.
"What color are you? And where were you born?"
Then you cannot come here.

**A triptych is an artwork comprised of three pieces that are meant to go together. These three pieces are on printed on individual sheets of paper but are meant to be seen as a set.