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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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My exhibit has shown the way in which the iconography of La Virgen de Guadalupe and the eagle travel, through the minds of those who inhibit a culture from wall to wall, no matter the city or the distance.  They have made their mark in East Los Angeles and in San Diego, but migrate every time a person lays their eyes on them through their power to change perception and create strength. Whether the image was found in San Diego or if was found in East Los Angeles, they still represent common themes and ideas.

As seen in the viewers feedback and in academic journels,  these murals allow for the grounding, expansion, and ultimately the mobility of this Chicana/o ideology across cities. These symbols are represented in these murals are recognized and symbolically understood across California and around the country. The understanding of where these two images originate and what they have to offer hold great importance in remembering not only our histories and value, but that the Chicana/o struggle still exists and it is up to us to mobilize and create justice.

My project has ultimately revealed how the blending of these images creates a power shift that mobilize groups of people across cities, like it did during the Chicana/o art activism movment. I hope that my project lives on in the cyber world and is passed on from mind to mind in a similar way that these murals have impacted people in the East Los Angeles and San Diego area. These murals have now been introduced to Yale’s campus and have created a new technological history. They have been featured in the walls that were once impenetrable by minorities in this country, and that is a radical movement within itself. 

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