Elisa Ortega Montilla Acrilic on Paper  Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric and embroidery
Zapatistas
2016
Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric and embroidery
16"x12"

Women from the Chiapas (Mexico) Zapatista cooperative movement EZLN, which has a gender equality platform as part of their doctrine. Unlike other revolutionary experiences in Latin America, in the Zapatista movement, women participate in the leadership of the community.
Elisa Ortega Montilla Acrilic on Paper  Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
Civil Rights
2016
Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
16"x12"

The demonstrations from Selma to Montgomery were three marches in 1965 that fought for the right to vote of the black population in the American south. The Civil Rights Movement in the United States was a long, nonviolent struggle to extend to the black population full access to civil rights and equality before the law. From 1955 to 1968 the struggle was focused on ending discrimination against this community and eliminating racial segregation.
Elisa Ortega Montilla Acrilic on Paper  Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
Milicianas
2016
Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
16"x12"

During the early months of the Spanish Civil War, women in the Republican militias actively participated in battles, especially in and around Madrid and the big cities. However, in spite of their desire to defend the Republic, after the outbreak of the war the Republican government prohibited them from fighting as soldiers.
Elisa Ortega Montilla Acrilic on Paper  Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
Milicianas
2016
Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
18"x18"

Female soldiers of the Republican militia during the Spanish Civil War.
Elisa Ortega Montilla Acrilic on Paper  Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
Black Panthers
2017
Acrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
16"x12"

The Black Panther Party was a black, socialist and revolutionary nationalist organization active in the United States between 1966 and 1982. At the outset, its main activity was the creation of patrols of armed citizens to guard against police and challenge their brutality against the black community. Women played a key role in Black Panthers. They created new political models that encouraged women to be active and public revolutionary figures together with men, and incorporated a community-oriented agenda with day care support programs, food supply, access to health and housing, as well as political education classes to end gender bias in the black community.
Elisa Ortega Montilla Acrilic on Paper  Aacrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
Gay March
2017
Aacrylic painting on paper collaged with fabric
16"x12"

The homosexual liberation movement that began in the late 1960s emphasized fighting proudly for being gay or lesbian in the face of the shame imposed by society. The most basic form of activism was to come out of the closet and trust your family and friends, and to live like any other person, with a respected sexuality. It was not until later, in the 1970s and '80s, when the marches began to be called gay pride parades (as a movement involving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community).
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