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    Sep 17, 2015

    An Artist Made Stunning Lotería Cards About Mexico's State Of Affairs

    "As long as there is a Mexico, the collection will continue to grow."

    Artist Patricia Espinosa created an art collection, titled Lotería: Hecho en Mexico, that reflects the current social, political, and cultural landscape of Mexico using beautifully painted cards that are reminiscent of the classic Lotería game.

    Espinosa was born and raised in Mexico and currently lives in Harlem.

    The cards are made with acrylic paint and ink on 18x24" paper.

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    Each card also includes an aphorism that's typically recited when the card is drawn. These aphorisms were written by Mexican-Canadian writer Martha Bátiz.

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    "Back in the day, La Loteria was played at markets and social gatherings and

    every time a card was drawn, a copla was 'sung.' Martha’s aphorisms are the

    perfect complement; they are humorous, tough and witty."

    The card collection references a number of heavy topics including the ongoing drug cartel violence in Mexico...

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    ...the violence perpetrated against Mexican journalists...

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    ...Mexico's alarming kidnapping rate...

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    ...as well as the Catholic church controversies...

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    ...and the murders and disappearances of women in Ciudad Juarez.

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    "Lotería is a game that has been played by generations of Mexicans and that intuitively embraces and captures their country’s social and cultural baggage and traditions," says Espinosa.

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    "It was because of this intrinsic nature that it lent itself to more current references about Mexico. Besides its socio-cultural nature, I added the political perspective."

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    "The infamous events in Mexico at that time (which are still current today) triggered the creation of a card."

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    "Phenomena like express kidnappings, the capture and escape of drug lord el Chapo Guzman, Mexican soccer fever and its super star El Chicharito, US-Mexico immigration policies, feminicides in Ciudad Juarez… all worth denouncing found a pairing image or icon to protest."

    "Every new card takes a lot of thought, research and sketching but it is the topic and moment in time that dictates its speed of completion."

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    "La Lotería is my lifetime project..."

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    "...As long as there is Mexico, the collection will continue to grow."

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    Lotería: Hecho en Mexico has been exhibited internationally, with an upcoming January 2016 show at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico.

    Patricia Espinosa/ Martha Bátiz/ patriciaespinosa.com

    For more artwork from Patricia Espinosa, check out her website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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