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The past week I spent four days in Michigan at MSU with a couple friends who invited me out to be a visiting artist at the Residential College of Arts and Humanities. The visit was also part of the Dia de los Muertos celbrations with an exhibit at the MSU Museum. It was a lot of fun running around making the most of my time there, one of my favorite workshops was with a group of 9-12 year olds explaining screen printing and showing them how to print their own posters. The whole week was a lot of fun andi felt super wolecomed by everyone and had a lot of fun sharing our art with everyone. Special thanks to my hosts Estrella and Dylan who helped me make the most of my visit. Dylan also posted the following on the Just Seeds blog with his exhibition statement and a bunch of photos from the week.
Artists Javier Pescador, Gabrielle Pescador, and Jesús Barraza.
Dignidad Rebelde: In the Spirit of the Living and the Dead
25 October – 23 November
This past week, fellow Seed Jesús Barraza spent the week as an artist-in-conversation at Michigan State University. The brief residency was organized to coincide with the opening of Dignidad Rebelde's exhibition "In the Spirit of the Living and the Dead." I curated the exhibition at the Michigan State University Museum as part of a Day of the Dead Initiative. If you around Michigan, come check it out.
As you may know, Dignidad Rebelde is the two-person collaboration between Jesús and Melanie Cervantes, another member of Justseeds. According to the artists, "We recognize that the history of the majority of people worldwide is a history of colonialism, genocide, and exploitation. Our art is grounded in Third World and indigenous movements that build people’s power to transform the conditions of fragmentation, displacement and loss of culture that result from this history. Visualizing these movements means connecting struggles through our artwork and seeking inspire solidarity among communities of struggle worldwide."
Click through for more images of the exhibition and opening night activities.
Jesús Barraza working with students.
Jesús describing his process to university students.
Jesús speaking at the opening.
Strong Chicanas sitting below Dignidad Rebelde portraits of a strong Mexicana, a powerful Indígena, and an amazing Chicana.
Chicago artist Guillermo Delgado teaching community how to make "pocket ofrendas." That cool kid is my daughter Reina.
Emilio Torrez and his nephew Joaquin.
Veterano artist Jesse González enjoying his evening.
Historian Javier Pescador and activist-professor Estrella Torrez lighting the ofrenda.
Anishinaabe activist Don Lyons and his ofrendita.
Little seedling Reina after her danza.
Opening Reception Saturday, November 13 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Show will remain open until December 4, 2010
White Walls Gallery 835 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94109-7150
Arrive at 3:00pm Ernesto will speak about his body of work and tell the (beginning) of the fictional story - Ganas 2020 from which all of his canvases are characters and symbols in the story. Jesus will be moderating the panel and Melanie will be speaking bout the history of Xicana/o art and about the racism our communities still face.
This week we colloborated with xochitlceive on a poster for the International Assembly of Migrant and Refugee Rights 3 (IAMR3) conference where Xicana Moratorium Coalition (XMC) will be representing.
XMC will be leading report-backs and posting documentation to continue building and expanding international relations to challenge neoliberal policies that push our communities to migrate in order to survive... No to GFMD!
To learn more about the conference: http://iamr3.wordpress.com/
Thanks to Aurora C for organizing this poster and getting it printed.
I was in high school when I was introduced to the work of Rupert Garcia, my sister gave me her copy of the CARA exhibit catalog, it was where I first learned of all the Chicana/o artist I love today. Garcia's print "Cesen Deportacion" was a piece that really stood out to me, the bold yellow type and black barbwire on a red background, super simple but extremely powerful. This poster made me fall in love with screen printing before I knew what it was. Thumbing thru the book now I see so many prints that we the basis for my art education and Garcia's prints still stand out to me. The portraits are extremely powerful, Frida Khalo, Ruben Salazar, Emiliano Zapata and the Virgen de Guadalupe, seeing these pieces have made such a lasting impression on me. I was super excited to find out he was one of the five artist whose work I was going to print for the Galeria de la Raza's 40th Anniversary print portfolio.
I was really honored to have the opportunity to work with Garcia and get a glimpse of how he approaches the production of a print, the way he works with color and even hear about other projects he is working on. For the Galeria de la Raza Portfolio he selected a image of Diego Rivera which he had made a painting of in the 1980s but had never made into a screen print. I was super excited to print this piece because it completes Garcia's set of Mexican Masters (including Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfonso Siquieros) which have been screen printed in the past. We worked on the print over a month's time, during which I printed two separate trail proofs for Garcia to review color composition to make sure he was happy with the look of the final piece for edition production. It was super exciting to complete the edition and hang out with Garcia as he signed the prints and hear some great stories about the work he has done in the past.
This is the first of five prints that were created for the portfolio and am hoping to share a little, through my blog entries, about each of the prints in the future. If you would like to see the completed portfolio and if you are in the Bay Area you can check out the 40th Anniversary Exhibit at the Galeria de la Raza until the middle of January 2011.
D.R. (Diego Rivera) image ©2010 Rupert Garcia
We are happy to announce Leslie Lopez and Natalia Garcia Pasmanick of Xochitlceive crew are Dignidad Rebelde's newest additions. The are apprenticing with us and learning the art of printmaking with a particular emphasis in screen printing. This apprentice pairs us, as experienced printmakers with a less-experienced apprentices though both Natalia and Leslie are generally very experienced artists. Leslie has been teaching art throughout Oakland for over five years and Natalia has integrated art and culture into several organizing campaigns led by youth of color in the Bay Area. The apprentices will advance their own art training while also participating in the operations of Dignidad Rebelde helping to advance the mission of each collective and to help contribute to a resurgence in medium of screen printing.
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