Section of The March of Humanity, 1965-71
Mural in the Polyforum Cultural Siquieros
David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) Mexico
The Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros merges architecture, sculpture and painting on a massive scale; over four thousand square meters of indoor and outdoor surface combine to house The March of Humanity in Latin America.
The mural moves through time, depicting the injustices suffered under colonialism, the social illnesses of the present and his hope for the future. In this section of the mural the indigenous people suffer under their colonial oppressors; the native culture is lost and the people languish. A mother shields her child from the nahual, a symbol of evil and oppression. Siqueiros uses the mural as an indictment of colonialism and its inherent brutality. The artist had a lifelong engagement, even devotion, with Communist ideals.
Isn’t it ironic that despite the death of the ideology, the legacy of this grand mural endures?
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