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Mujeres Creando insert: La creatividad es un instrumento de lucha y el cambio social un hecho creativo (Creativity Is an 129 Instrument of Struggle, and Social Change a Creative Act)

Mujeres Creando

La creatividad es un instrumento de lucha y el cambio social un hecho creativo
(Creativity Is an Instrument of Struggle, and Social Change a Creative Act)1

— Mujeres Creando

Concepto: Un feminismo desde los pies
(A Feminism from the Feet)

¿Quién les ha dicho que el feminismo es un producto europeo nacido en el contexto del Estado moderno y transportado desde el patrón y visión eurocéntrica a ser reproducido por las mujeres del sur del mundo?

No hay un feminismo, sino muchos feminismos.

No nos sentimos conectadas con las luchas de las sufragistas de principios del siglo veinte, ni con las que enunciaron los derechos de las mujeres en el contexto de la Revolución Francesa.

Nuestro feminismo nace de una memoria remota propia anti-colonial y anti-racista. Entendemos el feminismo como un fenómeno planetario presente en todas las culturas y latitudes del mundo con genealogías propias y dispares.

El feminismo es la desobediencia personal o colectiva a los mandatos patriarcales presentes en todas las sociedades del mundo a partir de las luchas históricas de todos los pueblos. Por eso, el feminismo está conectado con las luchas anti-esclavistas y anti-coloniales.

Who told you that feminism is a European product that emerged in the context of the modern state? Who told you that feminism was imported from the patriarchal Eurocentric vision to be reproduced by women from the south?

There is

Footnotes
  1. All of these photographs represent the actions, struggles and interven- tions of the Bolivian collective Mujeres Creando over twenty years. The texts in this insert are authored by group member María Galindo, and they describe the political practices and the feminist agenda of the collective. For more information, please visit www.mujerescreando.org and www.radiodeseo.com.

  2. This picture corresponds to a street action in which we wanted to denounce how hundreds of thousands of women obtain microcredits from banks. These microcredits change the women’s identities from ‘unemployed’ to ‘indebted’. They sign these contracts with their fingerprints since they don’t know how to read, thus they can’t understand the terms and conditions of the unpayable debts they acquire. La Paz, Bolivia, 2001.

  3. Intervention in the central square of one of the most feudal and conservative cities in the country, Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Putting the body at the centre of our struggle is a constitutive element of our practices. Ciudad de Santa Cruz, 2011.

  4. Esther Argollo, Danitza Luna and María Galindo in front of a fragment of the Milagroso altar blasfemo (Miraculous Blasphemous Altar). The Milagroso altar blasfemo is the work by Mujeres Creando that has faced the most censorship attempts in recent times. Quito, Ecuador (2017).

  5. Since its inception in 1992, Mujeres Creando has used graffiti as an instrument of struggle, painting in four cities in Bolivia for twenty years. Mujeres Creando has turned its graffiti into a powerful mechanism to communicate with society.

  6. Translation of the text in the image: ‘I Don’t Want to be the Mother of God, of that White, Civilised and Colonising God’.

  7. Still from La Virgen Barbie (The Virgin Barbie), a short film presented by María Galindo as part of the exhibition ‘Principio Potosí’, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2010.

  8. Stills from a short film about the character of ‘la puta’ (the whore) in the series Mamá No Me Lo Dijo (Mum Didn’t Tell Me), 2004. The Bolivian State took us to court us for the ‘obscene acts’ presented in this film.