The Orange County Register, which usually only gets a mention here for its racist clusterfuck of online comments on all stories related to Latinos, published an article about new murals being painted at Anaheim’s GardenWalk. Christina Guerrero, pictured above, is a friend of mine and participated in the “Anaheim in Motion: History Comes to Life” project. She can be seen working on a major mural on Mexican culture complete with feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl, the agave plant, ballet folklorico, and a mariachi.
Guerrero, whose work proudly hangs in my bedroom and includes requested portraits of Latin American revolutionary icons like Frida Kahlo, will have her mural displayed publicly alongside others at the Gardenwalk on August 15th. It will the culmination of hard work under the pressure of deadlines. The experience has been rewarding for her and other participating artists involved as it has included working with kids from the Anaheim YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club.
Thankfully, “Anaheim in Motion,” was inclusive of the Latino presence (we are the majority here after all!) The GardenWalk, a pasty replica of outdoor corporate culture resplendent with a megaplex movie theater, Vegas-style club, and expensive clothing chain stores, will at least have one wall dedicated to raza. There’s thorny histories of Latinos in the city that I’m sure Guerrero couldn’t paint for the project, but in the lovely neighborhoods of “Wabaheim” I often see driveways of houses full with young girls, fully dressed in cultural garb, learning the ways of ballet folklorico from an instructor.
Guerrero’s mural is my hometown.