Indigenous People’s Day Poster Project

3 Jul

The Indigenous People’s Day poster project was a collaboration between M.E.Ch.A. de San Joaquin Delta College and Sublevarte Colectivo, on 2005. The posters were created by Sublevarte after an invitation by M.E.Ch.A. to do artwork for a cultural event organized at Delta College. The event, called Indigenous People’s Day, was a celebration of the contributions of the original peoples to the world, and their resistance to colonialism.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

There are many contributions of the original peoples of the Americas to the world. We find them in the form of foods like corn, beans, squash, tomatoes, peppers, cacao, and more. As well as in math, with the use of zero. In science, with the use of medicinal plants, and more. Nevertheless, Eurocentric mainstream culture dominates our society, and as a result, we tend to hide or minimize the influence of indigenous cultures on modern life. Even more, around us we can see many examples of cultural appropriation that disrespect indigenous peoples, as well as flagrant discrimination and racism towards them. In this context, it is necessary to work on projects to educate people about the richness of indigenous cultures.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Art by itself is not going to change the way the world works, but it can inspire people to do something. The posters do not provide answers to the problems faced by indigenous peoples, but they invite the viewer to learn and critically think about them. Besides, the project was an opportunity to show the artists’ interpretations of the cultures and struggles of indigenous peoples in Mexico.

Working as a collective infuses diversity in a project, and the posters are a good example of it. The artworks show a great variety of styles to present the issue; from images making reference to ancestral cultures, to representations of nowadays Mayan ethnic groups organized under the name of Zapatistas.(1) Most of the artworks are figurative, yet there are some abstract creations. The posters show a diversity of mediums like photography, drawing, painting, and digital illustration, and combinations of two or more of them. Some artworks show the use of saturated bright colors, while other artworks rely more on the use of gray scale. Also, some posters show the use of typography to create an interesting visual texture.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

The posters were shown at San Joaquin Delta College, and later at University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, during a cultural event that included visual art, poetry and music.

The Indigenous People’s Day poster project, was a great opportunity to show how people from different countries can collaborate without borders to enrich the human experience in the path to create a better world.

 

1– The Zapatistas are a group of indigenous peoples in Chiapas, Mexico, who are struggling for dignified life. Some of their demands are: peace, justice, democracy, and freedom.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte Colectivo

Poster by Sublevarte Colectivo.

Sublevarte RIZOMA / RHIZOME

19 Jun

Sublevarte RIZOMA / RHIZOME

“Our world is a space to express dreams and reality. We believe in an organization that is active every day and never gives up. Each line, color, and shape frame our destiny and the world we wish to create.” Sublevarte Colectivo

Sublevarte RIZOMA / RHIZOME, art exhibition by Sublevarte Colectivo

Sol Collective and Sublevarte Colectivo invite you to the upcoming exhibition Sublevarte RIZOMA / RHIZOME (July 12 – August 2, 2014), at Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center.

Sublevarte RIZOMA / RHIZOME is an exhibition by contemporary Mexican creators working together as Sublevarte Colectivo. The exhibition will feature works by Sublevarte, focusing on its collaborations with groups like Escuela de Culturas Populares Mártires del 68, Malla, HIJOS, and Rancho Electrónico.

Sublevarte Colectivo is a collective of graphic designers and visual artists based in Mexico City, and with members abroad. During 15 years, Sublevarte has created graphics, public art interventions, exhibitions, talks, skill sharing workshops, free media, and other cultural activities. Most of its work,  aims to keep alive the hope for the construction of a better world.

Besides the exhibition, Sublevarte will present a talk on Tuesday, July 8th, at 6:00 pm, and a workshop on Saturday, July 12th, from noon to 3:00 pm,  at Sol Collective. The opening reception for the show will be on Saturday, July 12th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center
2574 21st Street
Sacramento, CA  95818

 

Sublevarte RIZOMA flier

Sublevarte RIZOMA

 

Sublevarte RIZOMA

Sacramento, California –17 de junio, 2014

“Hacemos de nuestro mundo el espacio que expresa nuestros sueños y realidades. Creemos en la organización que actúa todo el tiempo. Cada trazo, color y forma, marcan nuestro destino.” Sublevarte Colectivo

Sublevarte RIZOMA,  exhibición de Sublevarte Colectivo

Sol Collective y Sublevarte Colectivo te invitan a la próxima exhibición Sublevarte RIZOMA (julio 12 – agosto 2, 2014), en Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center.

Sublevarte RIZOMA es una exhibición de creadoras y creadores contemporáneos mexicanos trabajando juntos como Sublevarte Colectivo. La exhibición mostrará trabajos de Sublevarte, enfocándose en sus colaboraciones con grupos como Escuela de Culturas Populares Mártires del 68, Malla, HIJOS, y Rancho Electrónico.

Sublevarte Colectivo es un colectivo de diseñadoras y diseñadores gráficos, y artistas visuales con base en la Ciudad de México, y con miembros en el extranjero. Durante 15 años, Sublevarte ha creado gráfica, intervenciones, arte público, exhibiciones, pláticas, talleres, medios libres, y otras actividades culturales. La mayoría de su trabajo apunta a mantener viva la esperanza por la construcción de un mejor mundo.

Además de la exhibición, Sublevarte presentará una plática el martes 8 de julio, a las 6:00 pm, y un taller el sábado 12 de julio, del medio día a las 3:00 pm, en Sol Collective. La inauguración de la muestra será el sábado 12 de julio, de 6:00 pm a 9:00 pm.

Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center
2574 21st Street
Sacramento, CA  95818

World of Bones by Lurac

10 Feb

World of Bones is a series of artworks by the visual artist Luis R. Campos-Garcia (Lurac)

Flyer for World of Bones

Flyer for World of Bones exhibition by Lurac

 

World of Bones series is made of paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media on paper, canvas, and board. World of Bones is a world inhabited by skeletal figures, and other fantastic creatures. Inspired by dreams, Mexican culture, and everyday life. Other influences to this series are ancient Mesoamerican cultures, street art, and globalization. Some times, the current artworks show a close resemblance to the real world.
The anthropomorphic figures are a metaphor of humankind, and the other creatures represent our dreams and fears. I chose to use fleshless creatures as a way of saying that it does not matter if your skin color is one or another, all of us are the same inside. Also, the use of saturated bright colors is an allegory of life and beauty.
The skeletal figures are immersed in a continuous struggle to survive. It is an ongoing battle between life and death, in a world where hegemonic powers alienate those who choose to be different. The other beings, the always expendable ones that choose not to be on the train of false progress that takes us to nowhere.
This series is about dreams and imagination, yet it is a social commentary on the current state of the Earth.

Skeleton (The Summit)

Skeleton (The Summit)
Acrylic on paper

Skeleton & Quetzalcóatl III

Skeleton & Quetzalcóatl III
Acrylic on board

Clash

Clash
Acrylic on paper

Skeletons & Seashell

Skeletons & Seashell
Acrylic on canvas

The Machine (Skull Tank)

The Machine (Skull Tank)
Mixed media on paper

Skeleton (Jaguar Warrior)

Skeleton (Jaguar Warrior)
Mixed media on paper

Skeleton & Quetzalcóatl II

Skeleton & Quetzalcóatl II
Acrylic on canvas

World of Bones is currently on display at Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center
2574 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95818

Gallery hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
noon – 6 pm.

Closing Reception:Friday, February 28
6 – 9 pm.

More information about the artist: http://www.lurac.com

All images by Luis R. Campos-Garcia (Lurac)
© 2014

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Migration / Immigration, Art Exhibition at Sacramento State

18 Jan

Migration / Immigration, Art Exhibition at Sacramento State

“Movement is inherent to nature. Animals, including humans, have migrated from one
place to another in order to survive for thousands of years, but with the creation of nations and their borders, the movement has been more difficult, and sometimes nearly impossible. Nowadays, it seems like it is easier to move merchandise all over the world than it is to allow people to move freely across borders. At the same time, immigration is making headlines at a national level. With this in mind, as artists, we feel the need to express something about it.” ArtC Collective

      Migration / Immigration is a project by ArtC collective that in its first phase created an art exhibition with the intention to convey a more humane view on migration and immigration. The artwork was displayed from September to December 2013, in the Multi-Cultural Center at California State University, Sacramento. The exhibition included two dimensional artworks by Alejandra Calderon, Luis R. Campos-García, Lin Georgina, Cat Hellxia, Luis Magaña, Alfredo I. Rodríguez Medrano, and Melissa Shaw. The artists reflected on the issues of migration and immigration, and depicted their personal interpretations by means of drawings, paintings, prints, and mixed media on paper, cardboard, plastic, and canvas.

Flyer for the Migration/Immigration show

Flyer for the Migration / Immigration exhibition by Artc Collective.

      Figurative and abstract artworks show a variety of interpretations of migration and immigration. Some artworks deal with the way human made borders affect the migration of animals and people. Other artworks show people, as a way to put a face to recent migrants with specific stories about their experience migrating from one country to another. Also, some artworks address the objectification and sexualization of women of color, many of them migrants, in mainstream culture.

Artwork by Artc Collective

Some of the artwork by Artc Collective, exhibited at the Multi-Cultural Center, Sacramento State.

      The exhibition included an artists’ talk and workshop where the artists talked about their interpretation of migration, immigration, and their artwork. The workshop “Breaking Borders,” intended to create a dialogue about migration by means of using collective mapping to make participants aware of the experience of those people who move from one place into another looking for a better life.
All of the artist involved in this exhibition, graduated from Sacramento State, and are currently working on personal projects. Nevertheless, they manage to get together as a collective of creators willing to say something about what they see around them in this globalized world.

Lurac