[watch] 33rd Sólo Mujeres Exhibition 2020: Mujeres Con Faldas de Serpientes y Talones de Águila // SF

An exhibit reception watch party was held live on March 13th. See 2 videos below!

Come and support women artists. This show featured 50 “Nepantlera” artists from U.S. and Mexico. An intergenerational art show inspired by the writings of Gloria Anzaldua, curated by Dr. Martina Ayala.

See video 1:




The exhibit features 50 Nepantlera artists from the U.S. and Mexico and explores the many manifestations of the “Coatlicue State” in Nepantla. “Nepantleras” reclaiming sovereignty embracing life, death and rebirth on their own terms.

  • Visual artwork and performance art inspired by the writings of Gloria Anzaldua.
  • “Though we tremble before uncertain futures may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength, may we dance in the face of our fears.”
    – Gloria Anzaldua


Opening Night Reception: March 13, 2020.


Video 2:



“Teatro Callejero” Community Performance and “Mujeres con Faldas de Serpientes y Talones de Aguila” Flash Mob (All women invited to participate)
Performance of “La Tesis: Un violador en mi camino” Ofrenda honoring Fatima and all the missing and murdered women led by performance artist Berta Hernandez.

7pm-8pm Theater

Will feature performance artists, filmmakers, musicians, and artists.
Screening of film by Patricia Zamorano, Rosa Lisbeth Navarete, Lauren Ballesteros “Matriarchy”
Mission Girls – Music Videos
Performance by musician Marci Valdivieso
Spoken Word by
Yenia Avery Jimenez – Nopales Madre
Simone Jacques
Berta Hernandez
Patricia Zamorano
Q & A with artists

8pm – 9:45pm Gallery and Reception

Art is for sale, this is an excellent opportunity for art collectors to add quality art pieces to their collection and support artists and MCCLA.

  • Sponsorship opportunities available at: www.martinalalatina.com
  • Curator: Dr. Martina Ayala
    Theme: Coatlicue State



The theme for this exhibit is inspired by Coatlicue, the feminine deity that comes from Aztec mythology. Coatlicue derives from the Nahuatl language meaning “the one with the skirt of serpents.” The word for serpent is coātl. “Mother Goddess of the Earth who gives birth to all celestial things, ” “Goddess of Fire and Fertility,” “Goddess of Life, Death and Rebirth,” and
“Mother of the Southern Stars.”

This show brings together women artists, “Nepantleras” that embody what author Gloria Anzaldua described as the “Coatlicue State” a term used to describe the “internal whirlwind” which “gives and takes away life,” “invoking art,” and that is “alive, infused with spirit” (Anzaldua 68, 88-89). Like Anzaldua, the artists featured in this show use the powerful symbolism and myth of Coatlicue to articulate a type of identity conflict experienced by herself, Latinas, and women in general. To be in a “Coatlicue State” is to experience and engage in a life changing experience that disrupts the “smooth flow (complacency) of life and propels the soul to do its work, our disappointments, painful experiences out of which we make meaning and lead us in becoming more of who we are.” (68)

This is particularly noted among people who reside in lands where the dominant culture does not reflect the cultural traditions of their families, leading to an identity crisis between various cultures of their life. Coatlicue mother of life, death and rebirth, as well as Gloria Anzaldua’s definition provides a powerful term to describe the many aspects of women presented in this show reclaiming their sovereignty as women and honoring their sacred journey.