Come check me out this week when I'm in Washington DC! I'm in a group show, "Magic of the Melting Pot," which deals with the theme of immigration. My artist talk is this week on January 20th @ 7 pm!
When it comes to immigrants, the majority of the public dialogue is laced with violence, myths and hate. But there is a growing movement of artists around the country using visual tools to fight hate and to create a positive depiction of migrants. There has never been a movement for social change without art being central to that movement. During my talk, I will discuss how visual artists are teaming up with immigrant rights groups to develop art about migrant rights.
About this Piece - A large part of my art work tackles the topic of food because it is an issue that tremendously affects migrants and Latinos overall. We compose a large majority of the workforce in the agricultural sector as well as the meat and poultry industries. The sheer numbers of Latino workers shows us that we essentially feed this country. Meanwhile, Latinos are facing a host of food related diseases, including malnutrition and obesity.
I developed this poster to bring attention to how the planting of transgenic maize in Mexico is a crime against maíz farmers, against biodiversity and food sovereignty. The domination of genetically modified seeds, along with unfair trade agreements such as NAFTA, are destroying the way of life for farmers all over Latin America as well as strangling bio-diversity. The dominant model of globalized, industrialized food is costly for the earth, for the farmers, and for ourselves.
This is and more is at the exhibit at the Studio Gallery in DC. Info below. See you Thursday!
Magic of the Melting Pot
The Studio Gallery
2108 R Street NW