The revolution starts in the earth, with the self by Jess X. Snow & Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn (2019)

The Avenue Concept South Side + West End Tour

The revolution starts in the earth, with the self by Jess X. Snow & Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn (2019)

Providence, Rhode Island 02906, United States

Created By: The Avenue Concept


Location: 1055 Westminster Street

Jess X. Snow is a queer, migrant, Asian-Canadian artist, filmmaker, poet and RISD alum. Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn is a doctoral candidate in American studies at Yale and a Brown grad. They first met in Providence, a time which both say proved crucial to their personal development. They returned to collaborate on this mural, which Snow designed using symbolism and mythology drawn from Cutipa-Zorn’s research and dissertation on transnational solidarity. The concept is inspired by the struggles of both Latinx and Palestinian peoples at the borders between the US/Mexico and Israel/Palestine. It depicts the silhouetted profiles of Providence-based, Queer Guatemalan organizer Vanessa Maldonado Flores and New Orleans-based Palestinian organizer Amira, as well as plant and animal life symbolic of the ways that solidarity can cross borders and break through walls. Read more about the work on our blog and in this fantastic article on Hyperallergic.

Material: C2 paint, Montana Gold Spray Can

Artist IG: @jessxsnow

Special thanks to: Providence Community Acupuncture, Adler's Hardware, C&E Anderson, Hudson St Deli, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Amira, Zoraida Ingles, PrYSM, Ian Cozzens, Peter Pa, Kah Yangni, Dan Sway, Curtis Livingston, Jarrett Key.


What is the first thing you notice when you look at this mural?

What animals and parts of the body do you see?

What do you notice about the way the artist paints the earth and the sky?

What do you think the women in the mural might be thinking or saying to each other?

What is most interesting to you about this mural?

What questions would you ask the artist about this artwork?

What are your favorite colors in the mural?

What story do you think is being told here?

This point of interest is part of the tour: The Avenue Concept South Side + West End Tour


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