Hands stained with paint, El Aire Centro de Arte A.C., 2013

The works presented in the book Hands stained with paint are the result of three art workshops taught by Emiliano Gironella Parra in July 2011 in his studio. 36 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14 participated in these workshops, all of them children of Mexican federal police officers who died in the fight against crime. Through an artistic process that included reading stories about the exploits of heroes against villains, Emiliano helped these children understand the value of their parents´ sacrifice. The artistic process helped them mitigate their pain by arousing their admiration and encouraging them to create with their hands. Gironella Parra’s artistic action consisted mainly of enlivening the children’s natural creative impulses, directing them physically and lending visual coherence and finish to the works they spontaneously created.

The book features three texts that speak to the importance of Emiliano’s workshops. Each author reports from a different angle, according to their professional experience and the objective of their work. These include: a prologue by Dr. Manuel Mondragón y Kalb, National Security Commissioner; a preface by Josefina Ricaño de Nava, president of México Unidos Contra la Delincuencia, A.C. , and an essay by Pablo J. Rico, director of museums and foundations, exhibition curator, editor, writer, professor and lecturer.

Introducen a las obras Manos manchadas de pintura tres textos que hablan de la importancia de los talleres de Emiliano, cada autor desde un ángulo distinto, según su experiencia profesional y objetivo del trabajo que desempeña: un prólogo del Dr. Manuel Mondragón y Kalb, comisionado nacional de Seguridad; un prefacio de Josefina Ricaño de Nava, presidenta de México Unido Contra la Delincuencia, A.C. , y un ensayo de Pablo J. Rico, director de museos y fundaciones, curador de exposiciones, editor, escritor, profesor y conferencista.