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The reason Silvia doesn’t straighten her hair.

The first time she did so, Antonio freaked out and mistook her for her mom, falling to his knees and begging for forgiveness. After calming the exasperated Spaniard and revealing that she was /not/ Itzel (her mom) she reasoned that she should just keep her hair curly. Or at least, not wear her hair down when it was straight.

Silvia: Toño- Soy Silvia! (I’m Silvia)
Antonio: Itzel! Perdóname! (Forgive me!)

Tagging @ask–aph-spain because I kinda used their Spain as reference

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Part of your process seems to involve being in the moment when you are painting some of your site-specific work. You’ve spoken in interviews about letting your feelings, thoughts and the environment around you influence where you take your work. What sort of preparations do you make leading up to putting paint to surface? Do you have a color palate?  

It really depends on the project as far as how I’m going to determine the outcome of the piece I’m going to create. For this project, I really wanted to focus on my ethnic background — being of Mexican descent. My source of color palette inspiration was a cup of fruit that you would buy from a vendor on the street in Mexico. After spending the first day here on location, I got to meet some of the staff here. Most of them happen to be Latino (or part-Latino) and I knew I had made the right decision. 

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La Malinche

Main illustration by Intagliogia

La Malinche (also known as Malinalli, Malintzin, or Doña Marina) was a close confidant of the conquistador Hernán Cortés.  Born around 1500 to a Nahua family near the border between Aztec and Mayan lands, La Malinche is believed to have been sold into slavery by her family as a young girl.  In 1519, she was one of 20 female slaves given to Hernán Cortés by the Mayans.  Fluent in both Nahuatl and Chontal Mayan, La Malinche quickly distinguished herself as translator, negotiator, and cultural mediator for the Spanish.  Within a few years, La Malinche bore Hernán’s son and married Juan Jaramillo, a Spanish hidalgo, with whom she had a daughter.  It is unclear what happened to La Malinche after 1526.  Estimates of her year of death range from 1527 to 1551.

La Malinche can be seen as victim of slavery, a traitor to her people, or as a founding mother of Mexico.  A slave sold into bondage by her own family, she may not have felt she owed allegiance to the existing powers of Mesoamerica.  Conversely, she may have been hoping that the Spanish could save the Nahua people from the brutality of the Aztecs.  Her defining characteristic may be her ability to not only survive but also thrive during a dangerous time.  


dean in mayan theater in LA

perfoming put my hands on you

Vista de la zona de estar en la Mayan Bar, Hotel Continental Hilton, Paseo de la Reforma 166, Col. Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, Ciuadad de México 1955 (Destruido)

Arq. Fernando Parra Hernández

Diseño de interiores. David T. Williams y Juan Wörner Baz

View of the seating area in the Mayan Bar, Hilton Continental Hotel, Paseo de la Reforma 166, Col. Juarez, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City

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dean in mayan theater in LA

perfoming pour up

dean rapping skills is on point 👌 and i like the way dean says to the audience to say “yeah” and the audience goes “yeah” its so fun to be in dean events tbh ❤️‍ ❤️‍ ❤️‍

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dean in mayan theater in LA

perfoming half moon

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dean in mayan theater in LA

perfoming i’m not sorry ( he be pouring water all over the stage :P )