Que Vivan Las Mariposas! An Exhibition of Revolutionary Resistance to State Violence Against Women
1300 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
*Exhibition to run from Thursday November 29th to Sunday December 2nd*
Part of AF3IRM’s activities for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Thursday, November 29th @ 6:30PM to 9:00PM: Opening Reception
Friday, November 30th: Women of Color Resistance to Capitalism
Saturday, December 1st: The Language of Resistance
Sunday, December 2nd: Forward to a Feminist Future
Every year, AF3IRM participates in the international campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The first day commemorates “Las Mariposas,” the Mirabal sisters who wove their way into history as symbols of feminist resistance. On November 25th 1960, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal were brutally murdered in the Dominican Republic by agents of the country’s dictator Rafael Trujillo.
The three sisters were vibrant political activists who publicly spoke out against the Trujillo regime. Their deaths drove the anti-Trujillo movement to new strengths, and activated transnational organizing, mobilization and collective solidarity. 30 years later in 1991, November 25th was declared the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The campaign runs every year from November 25th to December 10th, Human Rights Day and includes several other important days as well.
This year, AF3IRM LA would like to honor the Mirabal sisters by convening “Que Vivan Las Mariposas! An Exhibition of Revolutionary Resistance to State Violence Against Women.” We want to pay homage to “Las Mariposas” and envision liberation that transcends violence against women. The murders of women activists, including Juana Ramirez Santiago– a Mayan Ixil indigenous community leader, and the appointment of rapists & assaulters to the highest governing bodies are testaments to the state upholding violent misogynistic patriarchal systems of oppression and it’s impunity that contributes to genocide of womankind.
Convening this space would allow women of color artists to articulate our imaginaries by sharing their artwork, stories, poems, songs and words that not only honor women’s herstories and experiences against state violence in all of its forms, but to prevent the erasure of women’s contributions in the fight for genuine liberation.
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