intersectional healing through subversive mandalas

by Mirian Martinez-Aranda


Mirian Martinez-Aranda                     contributor 2016 second edition



Mirian Martinez-Aranda is a Latina immigrant, documentary filmmaker, and a Ph.D. candidate. She uses her work to advocate for social change and community empowerment. Currently her research focuses on the intersection of immigrant detention, gender, and mass incarceration.

She received her Master’s degree in Sociology, with a focus on undocumented people’s rights to health care access. She received her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Latin American Studies and Film Studies.

about the images

These collages were created to inspire and to portray the dignified struggle of our people for social justice. They visually represent the intersection of the different systems of oppression, however through the colors and layers, they have become beautiful mandalas to help heal the pain and trauma through the composition of pain. They represent different movements such as Immigrant Rights, Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, Workers Rights, Feminism, and Prison Abolition.