Que viva la Guadalupana

The image of our Lady of Guadalupe has always been special to me as Latinx Catholic.  The multiple layers of symbols reflected the multiple layers of identity that I hold.  I came across this version of Guadalupe a number of years ago; it is a Chicana re-imagining of the image by artist Yolanda Lopez.   La Guadalupana is not passive; she is active and taking charge of the situation, embracing and living into messiness.    Also, her legs!  I wish I had them!

8 thoughts on “Que viva la Guadalupana

  1. I must say I feel challenged by this image, but I will try to remain open to what it has to teach, as it is something way out of my comfort zone. But I also wish I had her legs and her energy!

  2. I love this. I see a powerful woman who can hold the traditional look but at the same time move forward. Thanks for sharing.

  3. My grandmother was a Guadalupana. She was Not passive and she DID embrace life. Thanks for helping me remember her.

  4. I don’t know much about Our Lady of Guadalupe but when I am often bothered by those passive submissive renderings of Mary, especially because those are then passed along to women as the qualities that would make us Mary-like. I like this rendering because it’s more in line with how I think about Mary: active, smiling, on the go. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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