Soldaderas (Women Soldiers)
10’ x 20’ approx
Modesto “Tin” Flores Community Garden
Lexington Avenue between 104 & 105th Streets
El Barrio/ East Harlem, NYC
Yasmin Hernandez on the reason behing the mural “Soldaderas” featuring both Frida Kahlo and Julia de Burgos.
“To dispel the stereotype that the Puerto Rican and Mexican communities in East Harlem only battle each other for space, this mural is in tribute to the common histories and struggles of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans and is a call for continued and increased political solidarity between the two communities. Visually, the concept is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s painting, “Las dos Fridas” and photographs of soldaderas, the armed women who fought in the battles of the Mexican Revolution. In my design for “Soldaderas” however, Frida Kahlo does not sit alongside herself, but rather sits holding the hand of the equally fierce Puerto Rican poet, Julia de Burgos. Both women shared a profound love for their respective homelands of Mexico and Puerto Rico, appreciated and upheld revolutionary ideals, and embodied a feminist outlook. They suffered similar struggles and worked to overturn injustice. At a time in which their male counter parts did not delve into personal issues in their poetry and art, de Burgos and Kahlo unapologetically made the personal political. I view these women not only as contemporaries, but as soul sisters, battling the same challenges though hailing from different countries.In a poetic twist, Julia de Burgos passed away on Frida Kahlo’s birthday. They died almost exactly one year apart. To mark this historic date in the legacy of these incredible mujeres, the mural unveiled with a commemorative event on July 6, 2011 at the Modesto Flores Community Garden in East Harlem.”