Amatlan, Veracruz
Mexico, 2004

God, bless these women “the Mistresses” and help them so they could keep helping to all those immigrant who are coming to our country in search of the American dream. They survive so many dangers moved by this dream to find their destiny. Protect them—this humble artist is asking you from the bottom of his heart.

I dedicate this retablo to you, Virgin of Guadalupe, for the love of my mother, who used to lull me in her rebozo-shawl until I fell asleep. She sang me lullabies while working as a laundress, washing clothes. She loved this rebozo so much that she wore it till her death. When I see a rebozo, it calls up these sweet memories about my mother, doña Carmelita, whom I never forget.

Alfredo Vilchis Roque
April 10, 2013