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An image of a painted mural depicting an Afro-Puerto Rican woman hiding her eyes behind her arms, with butterflies covering her body. She is wearing white underwear, which was later added in an act of vandalism.

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Paz Para la Mujer

Contributed by Wilmarie Rosado Pérez, 2016

Courtesy of Moriviví Colectivo

Keywords: Puerto Rican feminists, Vandalism, Mural, Moriviví Colectivo, Street Art

The Moriviví mural at Avenida Fernandez Juncos in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was vandalized with white paint. The vandals painted white underwear onto the image.

The original image of the mural depicted a naked Afro-Puerto Rican woman painted by the Moriviví Colectivo group in collaboration with Paz Para la Mujer [Peace for Women] a non-governmental women’s rights organization. The image presents a woman hiding her eyes behind her arms, with butterflies covering her body. The idea behind the creation of the mural was to spread a message to end violence against women, but someone decided to put some white undergarment onto the painting. In a city full of images of women sexually objectified, the depiction of a naked woman raising awareness against violence, was too transgressive for some passersby. In an interview with a local newspaper, one of the artists narrated that during the process of painting the mural, one person screamed at them: ‘¡Pónganle un brassiere a esa muchacha!’ [‘Put a bra on that girl!’].