OUR LADY DE GUADALUPE IN LOS ANGELES

I drove around looking for her, knowing she was all over Los Angeles—both hidden and exposed in the city, where she is the Queen. La Virgen de Guadalupe, a symbol imported from our Mexican culture has a job in this land: to protect our homes and businesses and to serve as a good omen. She must be shown in all her glory, her story must be told to all passers-by and, flowers must be brought to her to let her know: we remember. My inspiration for this project was my own sense offoreignness even in such a rich, Hispanic region of the United States (I’m Mexican). Never devoutly religious, and not belonging to the neighborhoods that host her, I found myself searching for this well known icon, a beautiful compassionate woman who is like a Mother in every Mexican's consciousness, religious or not.