March is International Women’s month, and Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present “La Mujer: Vida y Valor,” a two person show featuring mujeres Dolores Godinez and Cynthia Jane Treviño.

For Godinez and Treviño, México is their ancestors’ home. From the mythology of Aztlán, comes the story of Coatlicue, the mother earth goddess who is shattered into many pieces so that she can conceive humanity. The modern woman of many cultures today—Chicana, Latinx and Black Womxn’s worlds—a e shattering the mold to put their own expressions out into the world. Women have the capacity to be bold and determined. The artworks themselves show the different facets of the female creation. From Coatlicue to today’s break out spirit of life, we find mujeres taking on the world and inspiring us to do the same.

Dolores Godinez holds a BS in Education and for over 25 years was a teaching theatre artist and actor in Dallas. In 2014, she moved to Florida where she was a teaching artist’s assistant at Young Art Museum. Florida introduced her to a love of photography and exploration into visual art. Now living in San Antonio, she continues to explore and define her photography. Her style has now turned to street photography. In the faces and bodies captured by Godinez’s camera, we find the story of the 21st century female human. From the downtown streets of San Antonio to south Florida, the images of these women show how determined they are to have their voices heard, to express themselves with their own art.

Cynthia Jane Treviño is an artist, educator and Tejana from San Antonio, Texas. Her work mixes travel and street photography to document people and places of diverse cultures. She also explores issues of family history, ancestor worship and women’s empowerment through cyanotypes and mixed media. Cynthia holds a BFA in Visual Art Studies and MA in Art Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Treviño’s work combines photography, cyanotypes and mixed media. Her images are an expression of female deseos. Of her work, Treviño says, “These cyanotypes were created as a form of ancestor worship. These mujeres represent a struggle that so many women around the world fight for. We must stand up for our fellow hermanas. After all, we owe it to the women that raised us and prepare us for the future.”

Join us at the opening reception on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments, music by Chulita Vinyl Club, and poetry by local mujeres Celinda De La Fuente, Dennise Frausto, and San Juana Guillermo.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Thursday, April 9, 2020 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.