Peasant Wedding and Latinoamerica

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Pieter Bruegel, Peasant Wedding, 1567




Both the song “Latinoamerica” and Bruegel’s Peasant Wedding unify groups of people together into one unit. Calle 13, a band from Puerto Rico, wrote the song to combine all of Central and South America into a singular group. Albeit in Spanish, “Latinoamerica” describes many of the challenges many countries endured separately but they come together in hardship. Argentina fought over the Falkland Islands with England in 1982, but England won. In the 1986 World Cup, Argentina and Mexico faced off in the quarter-finals. Diego Maradona scored both of Argentina’s goals, the “Hand of God” and “Goal of the Century”, but the “Hand of God” was a handball disguised as a header. This represented Argentine vengeance against England for the Falklands War. The World Cup provided an even playing field for the two countries to compete on because in naval battle England’s navy far surpassed that of Argentina. That was only one example of a country’s hardship. Several countries throughout Latin America have undergone similar afflictions, but this has united them together as one. "Latinoamerica" sings of conflict but as well as shared cultural aspects. In may ways Breugel’s Peasant Wedding creates a visual representation of “Latinoamerica."

The painting epitomizes Bruegel's typical pieces, a scene of low-class workers at a random point in their lives where the subject is unidentifiable. This piece shows many impoverished people coming together to enjoy a meal, ignoring whatever differences they may have. "Latinoamerica" mirrors that as Calle 13 unites the 20 countries in Latin America and sends the message: Despite how different we all are, we are one.

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