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January 20th, 2009
"Inauguration Of The Matador In The Maze Of The Minotaur" by Taco Werewolf
18"x24" acrylic painting on Masonite
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obama inauguration art The assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4th, 1968, was a horrible event in American history which is filled with many equally sad events that involve the struggle against racial prejudice and bigotry that we, as Americans, have had to deal with. With the inauguration of our country's first African-American President, Barack Obama, it seems as if things have come full circle. In this painting I have attempted to represent this process by using Mexican bullfighting symbols to portray Martin Luther King as a bull and President Obama as a matador. If you look at both men as symbols of African-Americans' struggles for power, equality and recognition in a nation which has long posted many obstacles for them to do so, the "slain bull" of Martin Luther King and his movement has now risen to become the glamorous, highly-respected and revered "matador" of the Obama movement. The sacrifice of one has eventually led to the manifestation of the other into an icon of hope, prosperity and unity within a country that can now take even more pride in its reputation for being a melting pot for people of all colors and creeds.

Not only does Martin Luther King (the slain bull) juxtaposed with Barack Obama (the matador) represent the reconciliation of America with its horrible racial prejudice as the "oppressor/murderer" lies down peacefully with the "oppressed/murdered" in the form of "Matador vs. Bull," it also serves as a larger symbolic cultural bridge between America and our struggling southern neighbor, Mexico. And taking it one step further, I have attempted to parallel the labyrinthine, maze-like twists and turns of civil rights activists' journeys with the ancient Greek myth of the Minotaur. Just as the Minotaur, through orders from King Minos of Crete, demanded sacrifices of young Athenian men and women every year from the Greeks, the symbol of Martin Luther King as "slain bull" demands that Americans never forget those who struggled and gave their lives for the cause of racial equality. It is in this context that ancient Greek myths of our proud Western civilization collide with the struggles of African-Americans in the modern United States and merge into one with the bullfighting matadors of beautiful Mexico. White meets black meets brown; the killer meets the murdered; the Matador meets the Minotaur who always stands there demanding sacrifice in the center of the Labyrinth that is the maze of American history. It is in the center of this Labyrinth where I imagine someday Mexicans and Americans of all shapes and colors will have fiestas and dance about unashamed in their underwear and eating tacos all day, having finally put the bad memories of inequality behind them, with the spectre of the Minotaur/slain bull long gone but, of course, never forgotten.

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