Martine Gutierrez: Indigenous Woman
Jun 10, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022
Indigenous Woman began in 2014 when artist Martine Gutierrez (American/Mayan, b. 1989) served as art director, photographer, and model to create an entire world of high fashion in a 124-page glossy magazine. Among the fashion spreads are carefully constructed portraits of Indigenous deities from Mesoamerican and West African religious traditions. The artist printed large-scale photographs of these self-portraits, mounting them in elaborately hand-painted frames.
Each deity, many of whom embody male and female characteristics, has a distinct identity depicted in their elaborate hair sculptures, dramatic make-up, and extravagant accessories. Gutierrez, who is Latinx and transgender, drew inspiration from both the beauty of the divine and the ugliness of colonial oppression to create images that invite questions about the rigid binaries of male / female, sacred / profane, and Indigenous / colonizer.
“No one was going to put me on the cover of a Paris fashion magazine, so I thought, I’m gonna make my own.”- Martine Gutierrez