Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Old newspaper collaged and set against salvaged wood painted with acrylic;
Four Women
2016
Old newspaper collaged and set against salvaged wood painted with acrylic;
50"x 12"

From top to bottom: Elizabeth Eckford was an icon of student of anti-racist struggle in the US, a pioneer in integrating the black community into white schools; Anonymous woman from a Republican Spanish militia; Olive Morris, British-Jamaican activist and feminist; and Blanca López, a Nicaraguan guerrilla who was the official image of the World Solidarity Campaign with Nicaragua during the 1980s
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Old newspaper collaged with fabric and lace on salvaged wood
Votes for Women
2016
Old newspaper collaged with fabric and lace on salvaged wood
21"x 20"

Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney were two suffragists and political activists in England. The term "suffragette" is associated with the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) activism and was influenced by Russian methods of protest, such as hunger
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Acrylic painting glued to salvaged wooden box;
Milicianas
2016
Acrylic painting glued to salvaged wooden box;
11"x 9"

Female Republican militia members from the Spanish Civil War. Several provisions were issued in October 1936 to prevent women from entering into combat, even informing overseas offices that women would not be admitted to the front. 
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Acrylic on wood and old newspaper collaged
Rosa Parks
2016
Acrylic on wood and old newspaper collaged
14"x 14"

Rosa Parks was an iconic figure in the US Civil Rights Movement for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in the American South in 1955. This image depicts the idea of ​​activism through passive resistance. 
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Acrylic paint with old newspaper collage and embroidery on wire
Juarez
2016
Acrylic paint with old newspaper collage and embroidery on wire
33"x11"

Since the 1990s, hundreds of women have been brutally murdered in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Since 2001, members of the community have used pink crosses to publicly denounce this femicide. Each cross has the name of a murdered woman, unless she is anonymous, in which case they write desconocida--unknown.
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Acrylic on salvaged wood and old newspaper collaged
Women’s March
2017
Acrylic on salvaged wood and old newspaper collaged
23"x 11"

The Women's March mobilized hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and other cities of the world this past January (2017) to demand respect for the rights of women and minorities, expressing themselves against male violence and in defense of reproductive rights. The Intersectionality Now poster calls for a new wave of feminism that is intersectional (which rejects hierarchies based on race, class, gender, physical ability, sexuality or age) and that works to reach out to the most marginalized women.
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Acrylic on salvaged wood and old newspaper collaged
Liberation March
2016
Acrylic on salvaged wood and old newspaper collaged
23"x11"

Image of the Women's Strike for Equality in 1970, which celebrated the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which legalized the female vote in the United States in 1920.
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Linoleum print on woven newspaper and thread
Femen
2016
Linoleum print on woven newspaper and thread
14"x13"

Femen is a controversial international feminist group. Its female members carry out protest actions, generally topless, against sex tourism, religious institutions, international marriage agencies, sexism and other national and international issues. In 2013, activists from Femen Spain protested in the Parliament against a proposal to roll back abortion rights as they shouted, “Abortion is sacred!.” As their political manifesto declares, “If you want to see my tits, you're going to have to read my slogan”.
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Linoleum print on woven newspaper
Hedy
2016
Linoleum print on woven newspaper
19"x14"

Image of Hedy Epstein's arrest in 2014 for protesting in Ferguson, Missouri, against police violence toward the black community following the death of Michael Brown. A ninety-year-old Holocaust survivor, Hedy was a lifelong activist and strong advocate for the Palestinian people.
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History 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 The Untold History 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 The Untold History 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 The Untold History 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 The Untold History 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 The Untold History Acrylic on canvas with tape and sewn fabric and thread
Ferguson
2016
Acrylic on canvas with tape and sewn fabric and thread
37"x35"

The so-called disorders in Ferguson refer to the series of demonstrations that began in Ferguson (Missouri), a day after the murder of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old man (unarmed and without a criminal record) who was shot and killed by a police officer. Black Lives Matter is an international political movement that fights police violence against black people, racial profiling and racial inequality in the criminal justice system of the United States. The movement began in 2013 and gained recognition following the demonstrations in Ferguson. More than 258 black people were murdered by police in the US in 2016.
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Acrylic on canvas with sewn fabric and thread
Zapatistas
2016
Acrylic on canvas with sewn fabric and thread
47"x 27"

In the Zapatista movement, the demands of gender are included within its platform of struggle, through the so-called Revolutionary Law of Women. Some of their demands claim the active participation of women in the movement, non-violence against them, and the defense of reproductive rights, seeing the benefit of these rights as not exclusive to women, but to the entire community.
Elisa Ortega Montilla The Untold History Acrylic on canvas with sewn fabric and thread
Suffragettes March
2016
Acrylic on canvas with sewn fabric and thread
44"x 32"

British suffragists were characterized by a combative, occasionally destructive campaign for their rights. In other countries, female politicians led legislative battles instead, as was the case in Spain with Clara Campoamor in 1931, though women's voting rights were soon lost. As a consequence of the Franco dictatorship, no men nor women could exercise the right to vote in Spain from 1939 to 1976.
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