Virgen de Guadalupe project

chalma97_lresPilgrims from Chalma, a town near Mexico City, march back with their Virgin de Guadalupe to place her back in their town’s church.

So a while back I started a project on the Virgen de Guadalupe . . . she is an apparition of the Virgin Mary that appeared on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City shortly after the Spanish ‘conquest’ of Mexico. Her brown skin and eyes and her duality (she appeared on the same hill where Tenotzin was worshiped) has given her an interesting duality and as Mexicans have spread around the world so has she.

Im adding some photos that I’ve gathered while working on this project below with descriptions:

Here she appears on a $5 phone card in Austin, Texas
Here she appears on a $5 phone card in Austin, Texas
A girl carries a Virgen de Guadalupe purse, representing her heritage rather than faith,  in Austin, Texas.
A girl carries a Virgen de Guadalupe purse, representing her heritage rather than faith, in Austin, Texas.
A man wears a cut off t-shirt with her image in a bar in Austin, Texas.
A man wears a cut off t-shirt with her image in a bar in Austin, Texas.
A Virgen de Guadalupe statue, used for tourist photos at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico, is put in storage during swine flu in April 2009.
A Virgen de Guadalupe statue, used for tourist photos at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico, is put in storage during swine flu in April 2009.
A pilgrim from Chalma, outsdie of Mexico City, shows off his hat, with an airbrushed Virgin of Guadalupe on it on his way home.
A pilgrim from Chalma, outsdie of Mexico City, shows off his hat, with an airbrushed Virgin of Guadalupe on it on his way home.
A printer in El Centro has place a Virgen de Guadalupe alongside photos of naked women that he collects.
A printer in El Centro has place a Virgen de Guadalupe alongside photos of naked women that he collects.
A young girl sells images of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Insurgentes metro station in Mexico City.
A young girl sells images of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Insurgentes metro station in Mexico City.
The virgen sits outside a parking lot in Tlalpan, Mexico City.
The virgen sits outside a parking lot in Tlalpan, Mexico City.
The Virgen of Guadalupe decorates a trendy store in Condesa, Mexico City.
The Virgen of Guadalupe decorates a trendy store in Condesa, Mexico City.
El Bulico (the rooster as he is known in town) shows off his bike decorated with decals of the Virgen of Guadalupe and anything else he's found while working in the states from the past thirty years.
El Bulico (the rooster as he is known in town) shows off his bike decorated with decals of the Virgen of Guadalupe and anything else he's found while working in the states from the past thirty years.
The sweatshirt featuring the Virgen of Guadalupe is from a clothing line based in Japan where a lowrider culture and appreciation for Chicano art has thrived for the past twenty years.
The sweatshirt featuring the Virgen of Guadalupe is from a clothing line based in Japan where a lowrider culture and appreciation for Chicano art has thrived for the past twenty years.
To the right of the traditional Virgin Mary image is an image of the Virgen of Guadalupe in Miami, Arizona.
To the right of the traditional Virgin Mary image is an image of the Virgen of Guadalupe in Miami, Arizona.
The Virgen of Guadalupe decorates a toolbox at a production studio in Monterrey, Mexico.
The Virgen of Guadalupe decorates a toolbox at a production studio in Monterrey, Mexico.
A Virgen de Guadalupe in a bakery in Morelia, Mexico has money and a small toy gun at her feet.
A Virgen de Guadalupe in a bakery in Morelia, Mexico has money and a small toy gun at her feet.
The Virgen of Guadalupe chalk painted onto a wall in a wash in Nogales, Sonora, Arizona.
The Virgen of Guadalupe chalk painted onto a wall in a wash in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
A man waiting for deported family displays a Virgen de Guadalupe prayer card, wrinkled from being inside of his wallet, at the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Nogales, Sonora
A man waiting for deported family displays a Virgen de Guadalupe prayer card, wrinkled from being inside of his wallet, at the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Nogales, Sonora
A diabetic patient is seen in the mirror next to her decorated Virgen of Guadalupe before leaving for dialysis in Phoenix, Ariz.
A diabetic patient is seen in the mirror next to her decorated Virgen of Guadalupe before leaving for dialysis in Phoenix, Ariz.
Her image decorates blankets on sale for tourists in Tijuana, Mexico.
Her image decorates blankets on sale for tourists in Tijuana, Mexico.
A virgin decorates a store in Tijuana, Mexico.
A virgin decorates a store in Tijuana, Mexico.
A virgin in a bottle sits for sale outside a church in Tijuana, Mexico.
A virgin in a bottle sits for sale outside a church in Tijuana, Mexico.
A Virgen of Guadalupe blanket sits in the back of a dollar store owned by a Chinese family in Washington D.C.
A Virgen of Guadalupe blanket sits in the back of a dollar store owned by a Chinese family in Washington D.C.
A Virgen of Guadalupe painting sits for sale inside a gallery in Washington D.C.
A Virgen of Guadalupe painting sits for sale inside a gallery in Washington D.C.
Vladimir Cuevas, a San Fransisco artist sits in his studio with over fifteen paintings of her image. Those pictured with him will be placed in a church built for the Virgen de Guadalupe in Manila, Philippines
Vladimir Cuevas, a San Fransisco artist sits in his studio with over fifteen paintings of her image. Those pictured with him will be placed in a church built for the Virgen de Guadalupe in Manila, Philippines
A Virgen de Guadalupe made in Vietnam hangs in the home of Anita Madrigal, who collects her image, in Woodland, California.
A Virgen de Guadalupe made in Vietnam hangs in the home of Anita Madrigal, who collects her image, in Woodland, California.
My friend Natalia shared this picture form when she was a teenager and snorkeling in Acapulco, Mexico on a family vacation.
My friend Natalia shared this picture form when she was a teenager and snorkeling in Acapulco, Mexico on a family vacation.

This isn’t all of the content but it’s a start and a lame reason as to why I haven’t been posting anywhere near as regularly. Since reporting is wrapping up this weekend for me, one interview in L.A. and another in Gila Bend, Ariz. I’m excited to start wrapping up this project and preparing for Florida, only five weeks away.

5 thoughts on “Virgen de Guadalupe project

  1. Deanna!!! You have collected so many incredibly lovely images!!! nice work! The altar in Miami–is that the one on the side of the road on the way into town? I wanted to tell you about that and forgot all about it until now! Anyway, beautiful work. đŸ™‚

  2. This project has come along beautifully. Whenever I see an image of the virgen I think of you. Growing up in Arizona, her image is so prevalent that it’s awesome you even noticed a story there. Beautiful photographs as always.

  3. Great project Deanna! I’m sure it’s so difficult to choose. The Virgen is an image wich as a Mexican we see everyday, but not pictured like you do.
    Aplausos.

  4. They did this Lowrider video on my street those two palm trees in the background is by my house its across the street hell you can even look it up on google maps its 119th street los angeles california and those two trees are still there guranteed i use to live on that street

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