Back in 2013, Self Help Graphics & Art invited me to put together a cultural program for their 40th Día de los muertos celebration. It was truly an honor to work in my community and bring a rich program full of tradition but also bring in new perspectives. In the process of doing the work of putting together art workshops, ofrendas, and artwork for an exhibition, I realized that buried in books and file cabinets there is a large archive of scholarly works and personal impressions on Día de los muertos that needed just as much attention. I set to work on gathering material and decided that newspaper would be a great way of disseminating the work, harking back to the days when Posada would illustrate articles of the penny press. That’s how this newspaper came to be. In it you will find the works of respected scholars as well as poetry and literature all giving us different perspectives on Día de los muertos. Hopefully this can be a tool to help you in your research or enrich you in your understanding of this beautiful celebration of life.
Click here or on the image to view the newspaper.
El Hijo de el Ahuizote was a newspaper that was published in 1902 by Juan Sarabia and Ricardo Flores Magón in Mexico City. They where committed liberals who denounced the tyrannical government of Porfirio Díaz who had been in power since 1876. In 1903, the Flores-Magón brothers were forced into exile by the Díaz regime to the U.S. where they continued to publish their work and smuggle it into Mexico.
Flash forward to 2014, one-hundred and eleven years later, Diego Flores Magon, great grandson of Enrique Flores Magon, has managed to recover the building from which they were exiled that once housed the presses that published the incendiary newspaper, and turn it into a museum. The museum doesn’t have an old iron jobber press and type cabinets as it once did but it does count with a newly acquired Risograph printing machine. Seeing the political climate that Mexico finds itself in, it’s difficult not to see how the times do not lend itself to action.
For many years now Mexico has turned into a devil’s playground. Plagued by rampant violence and a corrupt government with close ties to drug cartels, citizens have finally had enough. When 43 students from Ayotzinapa in Guerrero state “disappeared”, people mobilized and staged strikes, protests, performances, and marches throughout Mexico. The world has joined in global actions of solidarity with Mexico.
In an impromptu action, artists and poets from different cities in the U.S. came together to send a message of solidarity by sharing their work, which was printed at La Casa del Hijo de el Ahuizote and distributed freely during the December 1st and 6th marches. Here is a link where you can view the results of the collaboration. If you would like to show your solidarity with La Casa and our project, please share photos and posts using #MexicoNoEstaSolo.
For the next couple of weeks I will be shuttling back and forth between Los Angeles and Phoenix to give my monumental paper mache puppet workshop at Xico Arte y Cultura in Phoenix, Arizona. Xico is a multidisciplinary arts organization that was created in 1975 by a group of local Chicano and Native American artists. Their vision is to promote indigenous arts and culture through community based arts programs.
Workshop Dates & Hours
Weekdays 5-8:00 p.m. Saturdays 9-3 p.m.
Just got my fall issue of Huizache Magazine! Proud to have my prints be included with the great work of maestro John Valadez.. Thanks Dagoberto Gilb for reaching out! #printgonzalez
This week, 50% of the proceeds from the sales of the Movements papel picado will go to benefit the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations, Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales @fiob_oficial. They organize communities in Mexico and the United States to fight for many social justice causes that affect indigenous communities in the US and Mexico. Visit my page printgonzalez.com and place your order soon! With your support and patronage I hope to continue this project indefinitely. Thank you! #printgonzalez
Tomorrow I'll be selling my #PapelPicado outside Tonalli Studio at Old Town Maravilla #LosAngeles Hope to see you there! #printgonzalez
THANK YOU!! Together we have been able to support organizations who are helping to create healthy communities and are fighting against injustice. There are still some papel picado available for sale. I'll bring out a new batch soon to support another non-profit soon. Thank you again for making a difference! #printgonzalez
Thanks to everyone who purchased my Papel Picado With your purchase, this past week we were able to raise $300 for the East L.A. Women's Center. This week, 50% of the proceeds from sales will go to the Marmion Royal Tenant's Union. They have been fighting eviction from their homes in Highland Park, a neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles, that is rapidly being gentrified. Please visit my online shop at printgonzalez.com and thanks again for your continuing support! Also, if your local and would like to pick up your papel picado, send me a text or message to make an appointment. #printgonzalez