“We all are created in ‘Gods’ image” – Harmonia Rosales.
Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” is easily one of the most recognizable pieces from the Sistine Chapel. Now, Chicago based Afro-Latina artist Harmonia Rosales is receiving tons of attention after updating the iconic painting by swapping out the all-white cast of men with black women, which she titled, “The Creation of God.” As Buzzfeed reported, Rosales’ reasons for creating the new version were simple: “Replacing the white male figures, the most represented, with people I believe have been the least represented can begin to recondition our minds to accept new concepts of human value.”
Rosales’ “Creation of God” wasn’t done to create controversy but to empower those who need it.
For 33-year-old Rosales, painting women with dark skin is necessary to empower those who have often been historically marginalized by mainstream artists. As she told Buzzfeed, “We need powerful images for our youth to see.” As a mother of a young daughter, this message is especially important. “I want my daughter to grow up proud of her curls and coils, her brown skin, and for her to identify as a woman of color, a woman of value.” On Instagram, 33-year-old Rosales mentioned that her “Creation of God” is just one painting in a series she is planning to exhibit. “We have been underrepresented and misrepresented for so long that I feel I should paint to empower us.”
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