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Soldadera

Soldadera is a "speculative reenactment" of women's participation on the front lines of the Mexican Revolution, created by artist Nao Bustamante and curated by Jennifer Doyle for exhibition at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Artbound is publishing articles inspired by Bustamante's work including behind-the-scene stories, artist reflections, and historical context, throughout the show's duration, from May 16 until August 1, 2015.

 

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Soldadera: Loving in the War Years

Exhibition "Soldadera" disrupts the master narratives of the Mexican Revolution. It revitalizes archives to uncover hidden stories, imagines and creates an alternate reality, and commemorates women of an important past.
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Soldadera: The Armored Rebozo

A bulletproof rebozo hangs on a wall in Nao Bustamante's exhibition "Soldadera." The yellow shawl carries the stories of women who were a part of the Mexican Revolution's violent history but that are often unrecognized.
Excerpt from Nao Bustamante, "Soldadera" (2015), cinematic installation, 5 minute film, projected on a 16 x 9 foot screen, on loop.
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Soldadera: Nao Bustamante and Sergei Eisenstein's Unfinished Revolution

The complex relationship between the Mexican Revolution and the camera is taken up by Nao Bustamante in the cinematic installation anchoring her exhibition "Soldadera." With the short film, the artist reimagines and (re)enacts the the missing sequence ...
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Soldadera: Memory Machine

The speculative qualities of Nao Bustamante's exhibition "Soldadera" make a space for marginalized voices to construct alternative futures. Central to the show is installation "Chac-Mool" -- a 7-minute, looping, scented memory machine.
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Soldadera: The Artist Meets Her Muse

At 127 years old, Leandra Becerra Lumbreras was the last survivor of the Mexican Revolution. Artist Nao Bustamante made a pilgrimage to her home in Jalisco, Mexico and found a muse.
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Soldadera: The Tiny Things They Carried

Leandra Becerra Lumbreras was the last known survivor of the Mexican Revolution. Artist Nao Bustamante and a small crew made a trip to Zapopan, Mexico to meet her.
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My Love Affairs with Soldaderas

From calendars to corridos, the image of the Soldadera lives strong in popular culture. Nao Bustamante's new artwork re-imagines dresses of female soldiers.
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Soldadera: The Unraveling of a Kevlar Dress

Made out of bulletproof Kevlar, Nao Bustamante's re-imagined Soldadera dresses protect the female body against violence.
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Searching for Soldaderas: The Women of the Mexican Revolution in Photographs

What can portraits tell us about soldaderas? Nao Bustamante draws from UC Riverside's archival holdings of photographs of the Mexican Revolution to investigate further.
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Nao Bustamante's Soldaderas, Real and Imagined

Nao Bustamante's exhibition "Soldadera" is a "speculative reenactment" of women's participation in The Mexican Revolution. ­­
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