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Friday, September 16th 7:00pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA
*admission includes receiving a poster created by Dignidad Rebelde!
Honoring the living legacy of the 40th anniversaries of George Jackson's assassination and the Attica prison uprising, Drawing Inspiration 40 years and Counting: Living the Legacy of Attica and George Jackson features the work and wisdom of Bay Area culture workers influenced by these events. The event will include conversation and live performances demonstrating how the sparks lit 40 years ago continue to burn bright. Featuring:
& Eugene Thomas
This event is a fundraiser for Critical Resistance and EastSide Arts Alliance.
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This is a new screen printed poster for “After The Gold Rush: Reflections and Postscripts on the National Chicano Moratorium of August 29th, 1970” an exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles. This print is a collaboration with Melanie Cervantes. I used one of her photos of Karen, a young organizer from the Xicana Moratorium Coalition, taken at the Stop the Gang Injunctions rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Downtown Oakland, March 2011.
I had a lot ideas for this design, but I was certain that I wanted to have a woman represented in the image. When I found Melanie's image I was really excited because I thought it was a great idea to feature an image of a young organizer who at the forefront of organizing against one of the biggest issues affecting our communities: Gang Injunctions. Throughout California and the rest of the country, youth of color in our communities are being targeted and criminalized and getting caught up in the criminal "justice" system.
This was a really fun poster to design, I was really honored to have our poster represent an exhibit with such a impressive line up of artists from the greater L.A. area.
This is the photo I used for the poster, you can see more of Melanie's pictures from the Stop the Gang Injunctions Rally here at our Flickr page.
This is just before the last color was printed, if you notice the pink at the bottom this was also printed underneath the light blue to achieve the pattern effect in the background.This is a cool way to get extra color with out having to print another layer.
This is the screen used to print the last color.
Aqui Estamos, Y No Nos Vamos: Luchando por Gente, Tierra y Libertad!
"The message for this year's Xicana Moratorium Day is to remind people that Raza youth and families are here to stay, not just in Oakland and through out the southwest, but on this land. Raza have witnessed first hand the criminalization of our families, the degradation of our right to eat, to culture, to shelter, to education and to healthly living. Local, national, and international politics continue to repress our communities from speaking these realities and from living free. Our community have been under attack for over 500 years , and more recently we have seen how local policies like Gang Injunctions and federal programs like "Secure Communities" not only criminalize our gente for being brown but are also used as tool to displace our families and communities and tear our families apart. Our families and our children continue to be victims of repression and intimidation in our own homes by police forces. Despite the attacks, our people have never stopped resisting. The battle is not over and it is our duty and our need to fight back, resist and win."
Here are a few moments that I managed to capture from Xicana Moratorium Day last Sunday.
This is the trumpet player from Tamborazo Costa Alegre. They marched off the stage and played on the grass. It was awesome.
There was a dance contest. People really had some moves. Check out these two whose outfits and moves are coordinated.
Xicanas in the park.
A group picture of some of the crew from the Xicana Moratorium Coalition (XMC). XMC organizes the event every year.If you would like to see more pictures from the Xicana Moratorium Day and other community and political events visit our flickr site: www.flickr.com/DignidadRebelde
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This triptych of small prints is called Zapatistas and features portraits of Emiliano Zapata and two modern Zapatistas. I wanted to juxtapose the Zapata with the warriors that carry on his struggle for land and liberty today.
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.
This is a great exhibit I am part of, I was really happy to have them include the "Indian Land" poster. The museum also produced 1,000 offest copies to place by my piece for visitors to take with them.
Counting Coup is a form of prestige, pride and power. “Counting coup” is an expression originating from Plains Indian tactics of intimidation, and an act of bravery that accounts for survival originating from personal victories in non-violent battle exploits. The evidence of confrontation, interaction, and risk encountered through incessant forms of colonization are recorded as experiences and achievements etched in memory, heart and spirit.
Counting Coup considers the maker’s mark as a means of action and recognition through the guise of an exhibition of contemporary constructions that considers honoring, naming and claiming past accomplishments and victories. By keeping score, we are able to identify, witness and memorialize the greater narrative of our presence as a coup to who and where Native peoples are today.
Counting Coup is a stylized divergence from social conventions, expectations and an opportunity to recall interaction with others by shifting energy and summoning a capacity for appreciation and fearlessness. Counting Coup takes into account and unleashes the burden of memory and becomes a bold declaration of indigeneity and assertion of sovereignty.
Counting Coup will include works by artists from the United States, Canada and Australia and range in media; sculpture, paintings, ceramics, textiles, photography, installation, film and video, and poetry.
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