Lolita Lebron

11.   (Linda Lucero), La Raza Silkscreen Center         1975
     Lolita Lebron          28.5x22.5          serigraph

After 20 years in prison, the Puerto Rican nationalist's face is dignified in endurance and in its formal setting, above a flag whose meaning is transformed from the subjugation encoded in its mimicry of the U.S. flag, by the cry of a free nation written as upon a cell wall in the endless days. The dark frame, the stripes turned bars, make her seem to whisper from her cell window, "We're all small, only our homeland is great, and it's in prison." Lucero's design marks the heyday of the first great Chicano workshop, and direct Cuban influence.