There are few cultural fashion signifiers that conjure everyday high glamour, milestone celebrations, and hanging out with your home girl like the big colorful rollers that some women use in creating hair styles. Perhaps as a tribute to his sisters in his sister country, Street Artist Evaristo Angurria from Dominican Republic just painted this large mural in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The familiar and joyful pose of these two subjects speak to the natural ease you have around friends and family inside your home – people who know your history, your highpoints, the struggle. Painted during the 7th annual mural and cultural festival called “Santurce Es Ley 7” in mid-December, Angurria calls this new one, “Dos Patrias”, or two homelands.
At a time when Puerto Ricans have lost many family members and are still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, this message of support and unity is well placed. It also reminds us that many people have dual nationalities, particularly as we remember the powerful and moving immigrant stories that form the histories and cultures of many countries today.