YOUR ABUELA'S PRAYERS STILL PROTECT YOU
“Your Abuela’s Prayers Still Protect You” invokes rituals in reaction to the patriarchy. Infuenced by traditional practices from the intersections of her heritage, Eliana Cetto conjures a healing space for reclamación. In the landscape, Cetto performs commentary on feminine vulnerability and strength. Her actions critique cultural stereotypes and react against gender violence through the language of curanderismo, traditional healing. Adorned with the communal ribbons from her “Gathering the Embers” performances, Cetto calls to her community to carry the erased legacies of womxn and non-binary heroes into the future. Representations of her grandmothers’ rituals become altars to self care, printed on silk and encapsulated in handmade nichos. “Your Abuela’s Prayers Still Protect You” is a gesture towards the practices of our ancestry, used for navigating contemporary life as a queer, feminist Latina.