La Revolución

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La Revolución
Object date 2014
Place of Origin Mexico
Designer Fabián Chaírez
Materials Oil painting

by student Lucia Llerena

La Revolución (2014) is a painting by Fabían Chaírez that portrays Emiliano Zapata, the revolutionary general and stereotype of Mexican masculinity, naked, wearing heels and riding a horse with an erection. Even though it was painted in 2014, it was only last year that it caused a controversy because it was going to be part of an exposition in the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.

I decided to analyze this figure as a liminal space, as a way to observe how history can be seen as untouchable and unquestionable, and how, after situating this national hero in a public space, we are opening a dialogue about the past.


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