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May 14 - June 8, 2011
EN PAPEL showcases the breadth and scope of recently-produced imagery emerging from Latino printmaking studios throughout the US. The exhibit traces provocative delineations of the Latino body politic as expressed through the artists' reflections of the world(s) they inhabit.
Consejo Grafico is an independent network of print studios that was formed to advance the legacy and viability of printmaking in the United States. The Consejo promotes collaboration as a condition to further the preservation and continuity of the critical/activist orientation that spearheaded Latino printmaking. This network spans the nation and includes works from Texas, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and more.
Co-Curated by Juan Fuentes · Maurizzio Hector PinedaCONSEJO GRAFICO ARTISTS/STUDIOS:
This is a video which shows youth talking about their experiences in the schools at the turn of the century...this moment in history taught us so much. For Favianna Rodriguez, Jose Lopez, Marco Palma and myself, as the group "ten12", it was a period where we brought art and technology together. In the video I see the posters I designed for the "Week of Rage" (a culmination of actions across the state), as well as Favianna Rodriguez' images on banners.
There were so many artists making posters for this movement it was really incredible. At the time Jose Lopez and Marco Palma were working on the SchoolsNotJails.com website along with Favianna who created the design for it. This website was always in development, new content was added all the time like videos such as the one above from Joe Feria Galicia. This was way back when people were still using 56k modems connected to their phones, it was very new stuff.
I know as developing visual artists, it was in these times that we learned how important it was for art to be connected to social movements. How we could use the web to put our message into the world and document the work that we were doing. As sad as it was to see this state pass Prop.21/22, the organizing work continued happening. Today we see all the result of people who came up through that generation and taught each other so much.
Above image: Juan Fuentes, Sueño de la Sirena, Linocut/serigraph, 28x24, 2010
This Saturday! Join us for the reception at a group exhibit we are part of in Richmond! Free!
Labor+a(r)t+orio Artists' Reception
Reception: April 23, 2-5pm
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804
Labor + a(r)t + orio: Latin@ Arts in the Bay Area Now
Curated by Laura E. Pérez
The Bay Area has long been, and continues to be a laboratorio/laboratory for Latina/o artists from many communities, alongside the historic Chicana/o or Mexican American, to share and transform ideas from each other and from the myriad cultures of the area. This exhibition brings together artists from the late fifties through the present to engage notions of labor, art, and possibilities of speech/song (oratorio/oratory).
"Labor + a(r)t + orio: Bay Area Latin@ Arts Now" brings together artists from across generations and media to engage the present of labor, art, and the possibilities and speech/composition (oratory/oratorio) in this place (oratory) and time.
The featured artists are:Juana Alicia, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Jesus Barraza-Melanie Cervantes=Dignidad Rebelde, Juan Fuentes, Maya Gonzalez, Jean Pierre Larochette, John Jota Leanos, Yael Lurie, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Eugene Rodriguez, Favianna Rodriguez, Sandra Ortiz Taylor and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood.
Water is life, defend your life. It is so simple, we are connected to the land we live on, if the land gets sick so will we. Water is one of the primary things need for life to exist, if we poison the water or we experience drought cause by climate change we will cease to exist. I ran across an article about hydrofracking, where a person talks about the earth being poisoned for thousands of years because of these types of process. It is sad to see how those in charge and the corporations that influence those people are stubborn to change the way energy is harnessed form the earth. The free market is suppose to regulate itself, but that never works, the free market wants to maximize profits, lower costs, in the end what's better for the bottom line is never good for the earth or for humanity.
There needs to be a serious change in the way decisions are made that will take into consideration the future of mother earth and of humanity. Where the financial bottom line is not the deciding factor, but how will an action we take today effect our world 25 or 100 years from now. I wonder how long it will be before the U.S. will stop being so arrogant and accept that the actions of those in power have made have thrown the environment off in such a way that the earth will not be healed for thousands of years and that we are at a crisis point where changes are needed right away.
In spring of 1994 i read a newspaper article my sister wrote in La Voz de Berkeley, it was my introduction to the Zapatista movement. It had a picture of Comandante Ramona, who on January 1st, 1994 led the Zapatistas take over of San Cristobal de las Casas and was one of the top leaders of the Clandestine Indigenous Revolutionary Committee until her death in 2006 due to kidney failure. I used the photo from the newspaper article for this print and incorporated the lyrics "Todos Somos Ramona" from a song by Quetzal.
I was very inspired by her role in the EZLN as a top leader, for me she demonstrated what I had learned as an organizer, that as people we had to share leadership between women and men. This structure for us was something we felt was important to do in fighting issues of patriarchy in the work we did in the Bay, to see how this was put into effect in an indigenous revolution was a breath of fresh air. This was the same for all that the Zapatistas represented as a group of indigenous people who were resisting the onslaught of globalization in their communities and told us we should do the same in our community. As Xican@s I saw how inspired we were by the Zapatista struggle and the effect it had on our communities to educate ourselves about globalization and neoliberalism.
For me the Zapatistas were proof that the idea of revolution was not something relegated to the past, but that people around the world were organizing against the policies of neoliberalization and the governments that were putting them into motion. Their work has been a very big inspiration to me over the years, I have made several posters about the Zapatistas, but this has been my favorite piece.
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