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This is a poster we printed a couple weeks ago for the Multicultural Community Center (MCC) at UC Berkeley. This is part of a project we have been working with the MCC since last year, first we created the Logo on the poster with Nancy Ledezma and then we designed a banner and lastly adapted that design for the poster. This has been a real fun project and was a great opportunity to collaborate with the MCC.
In July Dignidad Rebelde teamed up with Rupert Garcia to produce a print to use as a fundraiser for the Ethnic Studies College at San Francisco State University. We were really happy to have Rupert Garcia pick the 1973 ¡Cesen Deportacion! print to reproduce for this project. Thirty-eight years later and the statement is extremely relevant, in the past year President Obama administration has a record 1 million deportations.
I wanted to share a little bit of the process...the print is 32"x25" and the edition is of 99 prints with some artist and studio proofs.
Order these three prints by clicking here.
This triptych of small prints is called Tercer Mundistas and features portraits of women from Palestine, the Sudan and Guatemala. I wanted to capture then juxtapose their strength and resilience in light of their struggles for autonomy and justice.
I was inspired to create this piece while attending a concert by the Colombian band Aterciopelados.
Their performance of the song "Bandera (Flag)" which addresses the plight of people migrating in the face of borders and laws that restrict people's movement. It made me think of how Arizona's SB 1070 sparked a tide of anti-migrant legislation but the more I reflected as the lead singer, Andrea Echeverri crooned, the more I broadened my provincial thinking to think about other places in the world where this story is also relevant. Here are the particular lyrics that inspired me and where I draw the title from:
Quién dijo que un trozo de tela, cierra las puertas
y las fronteras, quién delimita,
este es mi planeta, si soy tercermundista,
y empaco mis maletas
Que quién es usted, que dónde nací,
entonces no puede, venir por aquí,
que de qué color es, y que dónde nací,
entonces no puede venir por aquí
Who said a piece of cloth
closes doors and borders
who defines, this, my planet
if I'm Third World
if I pack my bags
"Who are you? Where were you born?"
Then you cannot come here.
"What color are you? And where were you born?"
Then you cannot come here.
A triptych is an artwork comprised of three pieces that are meant to go together. These three pieces are on printed on individual sheets of paper but are meant to be seen as a set.
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.
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