Afro-Mexican Artists Fights Erasure of Mexico’s Black History With Powerful Exhibit
Levy pays homage to historical and mythical black Mexican characters in an exhibit titled “Mexico Negro.”
In the ongoing push to promote Africanity in Mexico, rasta artist Ras Levy has been at the forefront of this movement. The musician and painter uses both of his art forms to highlight themes of black identity and culture. In a new exhibition showing at Rollos Chilangos in Mexico City, Levy pays homage to historical and mythical black Mexican characters in an exhibit titled “Mexico Negro.” The collection unites history and legend in its depiction of prominent Afro-Mexican characters, both real and mythological. In his painting, “La Mulata de Cordoba,” Levy presents the image of a woman healer from Veracruz, who was tried and sent to prison during Mexican Inquisition.
In an interview with REMEZCLA, Levy spoke of his motivations for the exhibit. “We are trying to tell a story that is more authentic than the one told by the Eurocentric system. That is to say, we want to break the paradigm of white supremacy and show that black people, indigenous people and other people of color in Mexico have stories to tell from our own point of view, and not from the colonial point of view,” he said.