"The Scarf" is an illustrated story about Sinay Medouze, a young woman from Venezuela who hungers for independence and a life on her own terms. The drawings are by Lola Noguer, an Argentine artist immersed in the intimate stories of women from Latin America. Lola Noguer is our first "Still I Rise" visual art grant recipient. The Artists Grant Program offers support and exposure to artists who tell compelling and personal stories about women in their own communities. 

My mother tells me that when I was little I wore scarves to remind me of the winters I never felt.

Lola Noguer was born and raised in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. She received her teaching degree in Visual Arts from the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Regina Pacis. 

After finishing school, Lola moved to Montevideo, Uruguay where she attended Creative Mornings, a lecture series for the creative community. That’s where she met Sinay. "She spoke of her life, misfortunes and victories in a poetic way," said Lola. "Sinay left Venezuela to find her independence. I could relate to that, even if my circumstances were different from hers. That’s why I wanted to share her story through these drawings. Migration has always been complicated, affecting millions of people’s lives in Latin America. The best outcome is to reach a country that welcomes you with open arms. And that was the case with Sinay."





I started drawing very early – as a child I drew my own paper dolls. Some were mermaids; others looked like my friends at school or were inspired by the books I read. I still have the photo album that my grandma bought for  me to hold all of my paper dolls. 

Drawing became a way to tell the stories of women I met or admired, to make their stories visible to others. 

Scheherazade told stories to avoid death. But today I tell stories to celebrate the life of women who persevere against the odds.