Mujeristas Collective is a collective and platform for Latinxs and women of color. Based in Queens, NY, we produce zines to showcase contemporary art and writings that construct our experiences within the framework of mujerismo, Latin American feminism inspired by womanism. Drawing on one of its core tenets of solidarity, we center our work on all women of color as well as Latinxs. Using both zines and community events as our medium, our goal is to document, educate, and present a diverse collection of work by women of color from a global perspective. Our zines have been featured in People Español Chica, NYLON, and i-D magazine.
Mujeristas Collective was founded by Stephanie P. Aliaga in January 2017, due to a lack of spaces for Latinas to meet and create art that centers on our identities and cultures. Mujeristas Collective is inspired by Cuban activist-theologian, Ada Maria Isasi-Díaz's Mujerista Theology.
The term Mujerista was introduced by Ada Maria Isasi-Díaz. Womanism–an anti-racist, pro-woman movement coined by Alice Walker–inspired Isasi-Díaz to construct a framework for grassroot Latinas seeking liberation from a deeply racist, misogynistic society.
This invites all women of color to the global movement for women’s liberation. It provides a platform for the voices of Latinas in America that are often overlooked in their homes, work places, and church. Díaz’s Mujerista theology encourages everyone to participate in the struggle for the liberation of our Latinx communities, with the ultimate goal of a global liberation.
Mujeristas Collective is run by five Latinas who are artists, journalists, and educators. They are recent graduates from St. John’s University in Queens, NY, where the collective was formed.