Mothers Only Two

Mothers Only Two

 

(This special feature from Mexican artist Monica Mayer is presented in conjunction with Focusing on Latin America, a project of Economica: Women and the Global Economy.) Mónica Mayer concentrates on the dichotomy of motherhood in her performance "Mothers only two." The submissive side of mothers is represented by the virgin of Guadalupe, and the strong side comes from the early Hispanic goddess Coatlicue a motherly figure from mythology. Mayer plays with the ideals of religion and profanity, and her work goes beyond the appearance of modest and ineffable characterizations of the traditional Mexican mother.
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For me the Guadalupana signifies the representation of loving and positive of motherhood. However, it is obvious there is a dark side of motherhood as well; I've learned this through my experience as a daughter and mother, and it can be seen in icons created by contemporary culture, as in the goddess Coatlicue.

In my performance, I represent both of those mothers; I present distinct characteristics of each maternal archetype.

The performance took place on December 4th 2003, in the Museum of the Popular Cultures during the X Biennial Guadalupano Lo Guadalupano, curated by the artist and critic Aurora Noreña. It lasted approximately two hours. Each person who participated received a small stamp in exchange for the personal history of their mother. There were beautiful and dramatic stories.

Afterwards they participants chose words that defined his/her relationship with their mother, then tore, crushed or folded (whatever they chose) and gave it to me to tuck it in my belly inside the small red apron that I was wearing in the front of my body. Behind me, I carried the doll Maruca, an image that for me represented the bad mother, as well as an image of the Guadalupana.


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