One of the great controversies of recent days in Mexico has been that they are going to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus that is on the Paseo de la Reforma, which is one of the most important avenues of that city, with a sculpture of a woman. indigenous. There are people who do not agree that the sculpture of that European invader is removed. Those people are, as I would say Franz fanon, alienated.
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The truth is that Christopher Columbus He “discovered” America, but in reality what he did was facilitate the conquest of this territory and, in fact, he was a participant in several of those pettiness against the original inhabitants of this region. In Mexico, in particular, the Conquest of Mexico would not have existed without their participation. Today this historic event is seen as one of the greatest genocides in history. The conquerors, feeling like new amadises, did all kinds of atrocities in this part of the world. It is well known that the current president of Mexico has unsuccessfully asked Spain to apologize for the Conquest. That has not happened and will not happen. Guillermo del Toro had already said it well in an interview for El Mundo:
Any historical wound (Civil War, conquest, expropriation or extermination) or systemic evil (racism, sexism or classism) remain latent for a very long time, like a ghost, and it is very difficult to silence or heal. Because in a system, which is the human equivalent of a circuit, the face of the monster is, at some point, our own. We are fused with that system and we want to deny it. Trump invokes and evidences things that were already there. Don’t believe, reveal. This is the terrible thing: seeing that the world was much more backward than many of us thought
This story has taken a turn now that the appearance of the bust that will replace the Columbus sculpture has been revealed. Its name is Tlali and it was sculpted by one of the most famous sculptors of today: Pedro Reyes. Speaking to Telediario, he had the following to say about the sculpture:
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The idea of this monument is an allegory to the earth that is inspired by many elements of Mexican sculpture from different moments in history, from its great antiquity, especially, obviously, the Olmec heads, which are the oldest expression of the sculpture in Mexico. With the exception of one (Olmec head) they are male representations, since when dealing with the subject of the earth we do not say ‘father earth’, but ‘mother earth’. That is why it is a female allegory. What I looked for was to incorporate elements and I looked a lot in pre-Hispanic sculpture.
In that same interview, he said that it was difficult for him to make a female Olmec head because the ones that exist are male. The point is that many users of social networks seem to agree with that last statement because they did not like the sculpture or by mistake. In fact, to many, she does not seem like an indigenous woman. For various users of social networks (via infobae) it seems more someone of African descent, alien, a robot or, simply, someone who had a bichectomy (remove the cheeks). Those who have said that the sculpture looks like that of an inhabitant of Wakanda and, specifically, of a Dora Milaje, like the ones we could see in Pantera Negra – have not been lacking – 90%. Nor has it been missing that more sensible people have noticed that more than in reality what seems to be that the artist tries to adjust what he understands by indigenous woman to the canons of western and contemporary beauties.
For this reason, the memes have not been lacking and all of them have been accompanied by the hashtag #Tlali. Here are some of the best:
Well, my #Tlali already comes with Rhinoplasty and Bichectomy… My Tlali succeeded to be in Reformation.
– ꕥ 𝔼𝔻𝕌𝔸ℝ𝔻𝕆 𝕃𝔸ℝ𝔸 (@EdduarddoLara) September 9, 2021
On the left side we have “TLALI” the sculpture of the Olmec Woman that will replace the statue of Christopher Columbus.
On the right side a photograph of an Olmec Woman taken in 1968 pic.twitter.com/OR3klBY9Oe
– La Abuela García® ™ (@ rthur_013) September 9, 2021
I already knew that Mexico before the resistance was WAKANDA ..! pic.twitter.com/Gta1TK8HhX
– Joaquín el YAPA Guzman !!! (@ ElCanijo11) September 9, 2021
The #Tlali sculpture is in honor of the biculturalism of Mexico 🇲🇽 and #Wakanda pic.twitter.com/pMcUUBkEM8
– Friday (@B_Rojo) September 9, 2021
Tlali’s sculpture looks like Zordon ALV
Hahahahaha. They had better put India Maria pic.twitter.com/8oFKjjFu3E
– Chorizo with Chorizo 🏳️🌈 (@unnosequien) September 9, 2021
And with this monument to the Wakanda community in Mexico, it is how we reaffirm and strengthen ties with such a noble and prosperous nation, Wakanda Foreva !!! pic.twitter.com/bkjK8DJEvs
– Kevin MPV (@ KevinPV92) September 10, 2021
If the wonderful country of poop tales, it is Wakanda.
That explains a lot of things. 😳 pic.twitter.com/jk3HOGSkMX
– El Gabo Malo (@WhatsUpBy) September 9, 2021
Mrs. @BeatrizGMuller was undecided but chose Wakanda. pic.twitter.com/AxSXYw10aL
– Arne (@A_ausdenRuthen) September 10, 2021
They change the statue of Columbus, for the statue of “Tlalli” (the Olmec woman and symbol of indigenous resistance)
Many say that the statue looks like Ayo from Wakanda.
Now I am more proud of the statue.
Wakanda 4eva! 😁😁😁
– Ü with umlauts (@dieresis_u) September 10, 2021
They find figures of extraterrestrial native peoples the 4 t goes with everything to the p3nd3j0 but it goes with everything
Olmec, wakanda wtf 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/D5oBCP5wR1
– johnfrexxx (@johnfrexxx) September 10, 2021
It looks like a woman from Wakanda. pic.twitter.com/laIS6xLJXE
– DiannDerecho (@DiannDerecho) September 10, 2021
No, that’s not Wakanda … pic.twitter.com/cvPdGAKw4x
– Cheating Bear (@oso_tramposo) September 10, 2021
Wow! A hideous stubborn! pic.twitter.com/oSxfePCmno
– Simpsonito (@SimpsonitoMX) September 10, 2021
I present to you the representation of indigenous culture: With you #Tlali
He is the greatest monster in history … pic.twitter.com/h6b54QjyfZ
– Clawhauser Of Bogo (@ ChiefChris58) September 10, 2021
They should give Julie Taymor credit because Tlali looks like Nala from the Lion King on Broadway. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/tA4XdXOQxX
– Mauricio Martínez (@martinezmau) September 9, 2021
I already remembered where Pedro Reyes got Tlali from, Twiki is the robot that appeared in the Buck Rogers series in the early 80’s pic.twitter.com/D51p4WAjpd
– Godofredo de Bouillon 🇲🇽🇪🇸 (@g_bouillon) September 10, 2021
– Wow! A horrendous stubborn!
– Actually, son, it’s a beautiful Olmec head. It was sculpted by Pedro Reyes. This imposing indigenous woman is Tlali, which means Earth in Nahuatl. Okay, I let you get acquainted with #Tlali pic.twitter.com/rJBk7wu9T7
– Iván (@ivanups_) September 10, 2021
They say that “Tlali” will replace Christopher Columbus, I see Aphrodite-a from Mazinger Z.😅
That Sheinbaum is crazy pic.twitter.com/MoXCya69Wt
– DrON Alejo (@ElMasterIronik) September 9, 2021
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