Guadalupe: Revelation and Resistance      

 Guadalupe:  Revelation and Resistance in Chicano/a Los Angeles

Text and photographs courtesy of David A. Sánchez:


Description of photos: The...eight photographs were all taken in various barrios in East Los Angeles. They are simultaneously sites of accommodation and resistance, or as Homi Bhabha would classify them, representative of the ‘ambivalent’ relationship between center and periphery in their mimicry of dominant religious and cultural norms. They are accommodating in that they reflect the values of Marian devotion that was imperative to Spanish Colonial and Counter-Reformation Catholicism. They are resistant in their indigenous recontextualizations by reflecting the centrality of Guadalupan iconography and devotion in Mexican and Chicana/o sensibilities during times of conflict contra empire.

    Self-Description:  David A. Sánchez is an Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and is concurrently completing his doctoral studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. His dissertation, “Recontextualizing Resistance: The Appropriation and Subversion of Dominant Myths,” excavates and places in conversation moments of religio-cultural resistance in first-century Asia Minor, seventeenth-century Mexico City, and twentieth-century East Los Angeles.

Note from Sanchez: The majority of the murals I have photographed are anonymous works with the exception of the first photo (the large colorful mural). Artistic credit for this piece should be given to Paul Botello who has granted me permission to forward this photo to the ISS with the only stipulation being that no financial profit be gained by the ISS as a result of publication of his work.


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