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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense



“Me hechan de mojado...”

Malaquias Montoya, 1983

screenprint
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, 1995.50.38
© 1983, Malaquias Montoya

serigrafía
Smithsonian American Art Museum, donación de Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, 1995.50.38
© 1983, Malaquias Montoya


Montoya depicted a humble migrant worker whose words lament his severed links to his ancestral land: “They Cast Me Off for Being a Wetback / They Cast Me Off for Being a Wire-cutter / The Land was my Inheritance!” The poem acknowledges the historic indigenous and Mexican presence in North America and the social stigma implied in the descriptive labels “mojado” and “alambrista.” Montoya created this print in 1983 as debates around the U.S. Immigration Reform and Control Act intensified.
Montoya representó a un humilde trabajador migrante cuyas palabras lamentan la disolución de sus vínculos con su tierra ancestral: “Me Hechan de Mojado / Me Hechan de Alambrista / ¡La Tierra fué mi Herencia!” El poema reconoce la presencia histórica de los indígenas y los mexicanos en Norteamérica y el estigma social implícito en los términos descriptivos “mojado” y “alambrista.” Montoya creó este grabado en 1983 cuando se intensificaron los debates en torno a la Ley de Reforma y Control de la Inmigración de Estados Unidos.






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