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A short while back I posted this poster design as it was in development. After the first the first sketch, I saw some of Celia Herrera Rodriguez water color paintings and was inspired to draw the image of Tlaoc by hand. I found a image of Tlaloc in a photo taken of a temple in Guatemala in a google search, using the image as a source i drew Tlaloc as a bold graphic style. I was really happy of how the image came out, this has inspired me to make more drawings like this using old stone carvings as image sources and using more indigenous images in my work. To buy a copy of this print click here.
This year marks the 41st Anniversary of the first Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War. The first Chicano Moratorium was a march that took place on August 29, 1970 where people gathered to protest the disproportionate number of Raza deaths during the Vietnam War. An estimated 30,000 people gathered and protested in a call for peace. It was a peaceful gathering until the East Los Angeles police escalated the alleged theft of six pack of beer to an all out police riot against innocent community members. As a result three young people died, many were injured, families were greatly affected and countless Americans were shocked by the brutal measures that the law enforcement acted upon that day.
The three people who were killed due to police violence were: Angel Diaz, Lynn Ward, a teen Brown Beret and Rubén Salazar. Rubén Salazar, an outspoken journalist, was killed by being struck in the head by a tear gas canister shot at short range. Many people still believe that Salazar’s death was a murder executed by an L.A. County Sherriff and that the intention was to silence “La Voz de la Raza”, as Salazar was affectionaly known as, and the light he shed in the political, economic and social struggles of Chicana/os in Los Angeles and the U.S. Many of the Chicano Moratorium participants were brutalized by police including being tear gassed, and beaten with batons by LAPD.
On August 28th we will continue the tradition of peacefully gathering to reflect on the on going struggles our communities face including violence, poverty, the attack on migrants, domestic wars and U.S. occupations.
When: Sunday, August 28th from 12-5pm
Where: San Antonio Park in Oakland, On Foothill Blvd between 16th and 18th.
August 1st Through September 28th, 2011
Cultural Heritage Center at the SJSU Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
PRINTS FOR THE PEOPLE is a exhibition featuring work by Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration between artists Melanie Cervantes & Jesús Barraza. Emerging from the everyday struggles of Raza & Indigenous peoples, Dignidad Rebelde produces art intended to transform people’s stories into a radical visual language that is then returned to those who inspired it in the first place. Working primarily as poster artists, Dignidad Rebelde continues working in an important artistic tradition deeply rooted in popular social movements throughout the Americas.
If you are want to see some of the hottest artwork by artists from around the country who are dealing with the subjects of immigration, xenophobia, borders, and pro-migrant activism - then DON'T MISS the 1-day only show in Los Angeles, California - this Friday, July 29th @ 6 pm.
A Pro-Migrant Art Exhibit
Friday, July 29, 2011, Starting @ 6 pm
SEIU - 828 West Washington Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015-3310.
This Friday, The Sound Strike is organizing a Boycott Hatred Benefit Concert to benefit grassroots organizations in Arizona. This event will bring the LA community together with art, live music, a panel discussion, food and local vendors with the purpose of raising awareness and strengthening to pro-migrant movement.
The exhibit will open at 6 pm, and features an array of designers, street artists, painters, printmakers, and photographers. The artists include: Lalo Alcaraz, Hertz Alegrio, Steve Alfaro, Santiago Armengod, Rafael Cardenas, Ozzie Carmona, Jesus Barraza & Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde, Juan Luis Garcia, Jon Garza, Art Hazelwood, Ray Hernandez, lapiztola oaxaca, Ricardo Levins Morales, Aaron Andrew Martin, Cesar Maxit, Doug Minkler, Mokhtar P99, Diane Ovalle, Favianna Rodriguez, Erik Ruin, Julio Salgado, Victor Sepulveda, Dewey Tafoya, Manny Torres, Justin Valas, Mark Vallen, Russell Varner, Ernesto Vasquez, Ernesto Yerena.
I will be working on a special installation throughout the exhibit, so be there on time to see the work evolve into the final piece.
To get more details about the event, click here. Special thanks to Reed Rickert for his video editing skills.
Chavela Vargas is a Mexican legend of rancheras and for my abuelita she was her siren of choice. Born in Costa Rica but claimed by most Mexicans she has been openly lesbian and is even known to have had a relationship with artist Frida Kahlo. Chavela once said: “I didn't attend lesbian classes. No one taught me to be this way. I was born this way, from the moment I opened my eyes in this world. I've never been to bed with a man. Never. That's how pure I am; I have nothing to be ashamed of. My gods made me the way I am.” She appears in Salma Hayek’s Frida film as a singer in a cantina and accompanies another favorite singer of mine, Lila Downs, who also appears and sings in the film.
Though my abuela and I both love Chavela belting out with passion songs of love and pain, I don’t remember hearing the music when I visited. I came to be a fan much later in life when I was in college. I remember being so excited when Chavela performed at Carnegie Hall in 2003. The recognition and platform was long overdue.
This is the fourth in a series of women singers who inspire me.Order a print by clicking here $100
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