Heart of Deer (the life force of our pueblos)

Heart of Deer (the life force of our pueblos)

Collaboration Installation at MACLA Chicana/o Biennal Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza, & Celia Herrera Rodriguez Artist Statement There is a connection between making our relatives visible, specifically as the indigenous Peoples they are underneath the banner of...
Untitled/Sin Título

Untitled/Sin Título

Installation by Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes Oakland Museum, 2015 This ofrenda is dedicated to our Queer relatives who have passed on. Our intention is to remember them and center the life that was lived in secret and is still unspoken. Each of their stories...
Looking Back Seeing Forward

Looking Back Seeing Forward

Artist Statement Using screen prints, art workshops, installations and gatherings my work deals the contemporary realities of people who are building a transformative social justice movement while recovering from the distress of a large-scale spiritual amnesia. I draw...
When the Streets Gives you White Walls

When the Streets Gives you White Walls

The white walls of the gallery are always being talked about, but when I saw a white wall are on the street it just made me think about the possibilities. The wall is at the intersection of East 14th and Fruitvale, part of a construction site repairing a building that...
Future Ancestors: A Ceremony of Memory

Future Ancestors: A Ceremony of Memory

El Dia de los Muertos is usually a time to look back and give thanks to our ancestors whose existence made it possible for us to be alive today. With Future Ancestors: A Ceremony of Memory we look at the present and give thanks and celebrate the individuals whose life...