My name is Isela Xospa, I am a freelance illustrator and editor. The editorial graphic project that I develop is the result of a personal process to generate ways to affirm my indigenous identity in a contemporary and transnational context. Discovering and appropriating my indigenous identity has given me the tools to build new ways of sharing with others an inner world strongly influenced by the culture of the original peoples of the south of Mexico City.
During # Díadelospueblosindígenas on August 9, I decided to share the work of young illustrators of indigenous origin and here I share them again. I do it because not many identify themselves as such and because it seemed important to me to make their work known in an exercise that, far from labeling, was a provocation that seeks to challenge the imaginary and stereotypes assigned to indigenous peoples and their representations.
In these openings, the opportunity to question the formats and habits with which indigenous peoples are represented from the enlightenment should not be missed. These should be spaces of opportunity to rebel against the imposition of the non-indigenous, to make our political positions public with proposals, results and ideas to promote the creation of new narratives and readings made from and for indigenous peoples.
For us, the # Díadelos Pueblosindígenas is not a celebration of labels, habits or exoticisms, it is a day that must make latent the systematized insistence to erase ourselves and integrate ourselves into a nation-state project that has had consequences in the loss of languages, territory, clothing , knowledge, health and opportunities.
From our small territory of creation, some from the political position, others from the prevailing need to express themselves graphically and aesthetically, we will continue to make narratives for children, young people and adults from indigenous peoples, from where future generations of graphic storytellers are touched, transformed, and impacted who retake, use and embrace their culture.
From our territory of creation we share with you our visual libraries.
Mitzy Juárez is an illustrator and editorial designer originally from the Chocholteco Ngiba people in Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. He was born and raised in a small town hidden in the plains of the Mixteca Oaxaqueña, home to the most beautiful springs in the region. Mitzy likes to draw about the people, the language and the traditions with which he grew up because he finds in it a way to eternalize the knowledge that his community has inherited, which he takes with him wherever he goes.
The Toj Bird (David Canul)
David Canul is originally from the Mayan world of Campeche, in the Gulf of Mexico. His hybrid work as a professional illustrator ranges from research books, poetry, children's books and even ceramics. His work is also focused on the organization, management and promotion of children's and youth literature festivals in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Griss Romero highlights in his work one of the most important elements of identity in Guerrero territory: the jaguar, also known as tigre or tekuani. She finds inspiration in the ancestral roots and culture of her Nahua community in Acatlán. His art is a tool to make visible the original peoples of the State of Guerrero, in the Mexican southwest, as resistance to their beliefs and agricultural rituals.
Currently, Griss Romero has a work in art exhibition in virtual mode with the theme Poetics of Color and soon the virtual exhibition “FROM MY WINDOW Longing for an Artist in Quarantine ”.
Cuauhtémoc Wetzka is a graphic designer and illustrator who has exhibited his works in Argentina, Colombia, Spain, France, Estonia, Poland, China, Canada and the United States. He is a Nahua from the Zongolica mountain range, in the central part of the state of Veracruz, on the Atlantic coast. In 2015, it obtained first place in the XXV Catalog of Illustrators of Children's and Youth Publications of Conaculta; the same year he was a finalist in the Art Contest and Exhibition for Children by Hispanic Artists in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was also a speaker at various international conferences and recognized for his work on printed posters.
Gilberto Kupyum is originally from Tlahuitoltepec Mixe, an indigenous community located in the northwest of the State of Oaxaca, a place of fog and forest. You can see in his work themes such as nature, oral tradition and music, which he captures in different media such as painting, screen printing, engraving, lithography and ceramics. Gilberto Delgado is called Mish Kupyum by his friends, which means woodpecker boy in the Ayuujk language. He identifies with that bird because wood is worked in the graphics.
Gil Kupyum involves women and youth from his community. Together they make bags, shirts, notebooks, prints, among other products, to generate a source of community employment.
Valentin Peralta Betanzos is a Mazatec native from the community of Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón, one of the 45 municipalities that make up the Cañada Region within Oaxaca.
Valentín recognizes that he is attracted to the contemporary world and incorporates new concepts and new materials into his current works, working on diversity, since he believes that art is a language and expression of all the senses.
Victoria Gaspar Teodocio is a Zapotec woman descended from the San Melchor Betaza community in Oaxaca and an illustrator who studied Graphic Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He applies his drawings in handmade notebooks and silk-screen prints on different media, and he is also dedicated to documentary and portrait photography. The protagonists in his art are women who express their freedom, passion and love. His illustrations are a tribute to his mother, his grandmothers, and all the women who have influenced his life. It is part of the mountain group Dill Yel Nbán, focused on the dissemination of the Zapotec language.
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Music women from the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca, from San Melchor Betaza and Villa Hidalgo Yalálag. Mountain music is identity, heritage, song, light, strength, joy, wisdom, memory, dance, it is history embroidered in a huipil, a petticoat that will not stop flourishing in community. . 💚. #illustration #illustration #illustration #ilustradoresmexicanos #illustradoresmexico #artistasmexicanas #artistasmexicanos