Synopses & Reviews
This volume initiates a gender-based framework for analyzing the folk art of Latin America and the Caribbean. Defined here broadly as the andquot;art of the peopleandquot; and as having a primarily decorative, rather than utilitarian, purpose, folk art is not solely the province of women, but folk art by women in Latin America has received little sustained attention. Crafting Gender
begins to redress this gap in scholarship. From a feminist perspective, the contributors examine not only twentieth-century and contemporary art by women, but also its production, distribution, and consumption. Exploring the roles of women as artists and consumers in specific cultural contexts, they look at a range of artistic forms across Latin America, including Panamanian molas
(blouses), Andean weavings, Mexican ceramics, and Mayan hipiles
Art historians, anthropologists, and sociologists from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States discuss artwork from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Suriname, and Puerto Rico, and many of their essays focus on indigenous artists. They highlight the complex webs of social relations from which folk art emerges. For instance, while several pieces describe the similar creative and technical processes of indigenous pottery-making communities of the Amazon and of mestiza potters in Mexico and Colombia, they also reveal the widely varying functions of the ceramics and meanings of the iconography. Integrating the social, historical, political, geographical, and economic factors that shape folk art in Latin America and the Caribbean, Crafting Gender sheds much-needed light on a rich body of art and the women who create it.
Ronald J. Duncan
Lourdes Rejandoacute;n Patrandoacute;n
Marandiacute;a de Jesanduacute;s Rodrandiacute;guez-Shadow
Mari Lyn Salvador
Dorothea Scott Whitten
andldquo;Crafting Gender deftly fills a gaping hole in gender studies by providing a rich body of information on womenandrsquo;s traditional arts. Exploring the distinctions between art, andlsquo;folk art,andrsquo; and just plain work in a great variety of cultures, the authors illuminate social context, belief systems, aesthetics, and technique, expanding the field to areas not well known outside of academia and Latin America. Feminists, artists, and scholars will find much material in Eli Bartraandrsquo;s book with which to mold and weave their own forms.andrdquo;andmdash;Lucy R. Lippard, author of The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Feminist Essays on Art
andquot;Crafting Gender is an original collection that presents in one volume several subjects generally treated separately, integrates them with a gender perspective, and offers an approach that is truly innovative.andquot;andmdash;Marysa Navarro, coauthor of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: Restoring Women to History
Analyzes Latin American and Caribbean folk art from a feminist perspective, considering the issue of gender in the production and circulation of popular art produced by women.
About the Author
Eli Bartra is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Culture at the Universidad Autandoacute;noma Metropolitana-Xochimilco in Mexico City. She is the author of numerous books in Spanish.