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Opening Reception - ADELITA, Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution

  • 7 Arts Gallery 125 Lincoln Avenue Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)

Please join us for the opening reception of ADELITA, Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution, by photo-encaustic artist, Angel Wynn. Show runs through August 9, 2017.

Angel Wynn’s fascination with “Adelitas”, a name given to the women who fought during Mexico’s revolution, is beautifully expressed in new artwork featured in this show.  The acclaimed artist/photographer has produced a body of work to honor the legacy of these exceptional women. “After viewing some painted murals that first introduced me to these extraordinary women, for days afterwards all I could think of how difficult the lifestyle they endured”, says Wynn, “Searching history further, I became completely fascinated by these young women called Adelitas. A passion to tell their story set in and would not leave me alone.”

Adelita was the name given to the women who followed husbands, lovers and family members to war during the uprising of the Mexican Revolution. From 1910-1920, these camp followers cooked, cleaned and nursed wounds. When it came time for military combat, Adelitas bravely picked up guns and fought. In many respects, the Mexican Revolution was not only a men's but also a women's revolution.

Also known as soldaderas, these young women became involved in Mexico’s revolution both voluntarily and through brutal force. Many of the women rebels were crusaders for land reform in Mexico. Whatever their reason for joining the Revolution, life for a soldadera was extremely hard. It was said that horses were treated better than the Adelitas. Wynn has created a powerful show to celebrate the heroism and sacrifice of the Adelitas.

Starting with a photograph of a historic figure, or a photograph of a model dressed in South of the Border revolt era clothing, Wynn paints over these images by using a variety of mixed mediums such as oils, encaustics, or acrylic paints. "With this exhibit, I hope to bring awareness to these remarkable young women," says Wynn. “We are starting to hear more stories like the Adelita’’s because we now have women historians digging through archives”.