El Hijo de el Ahuizote was a newspaper that was published in 1902 by Juan Sarabia and Ricardo Flores Magón. 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 into the U.S. where they continued to publish they’re 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 that housed the press that published the incendiary newspaper, and turned it into a museum. The museum doesn’t have a jobber press as it once did but it does count with a newly acquired Risograph printing machine and seeing the political climate that Mexico finds itself in, it’s difficult not to see how the times do not lend itself to political action.
For many years now Mexico has turned into a devil’s playground. Plagued by violence and a corrupt government with close ties to drug cartels, its 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 march. 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.
Welcome to my updated website! It’s been some time now since I’ve been in touch and a lot has happened since. I’ll be posting regularly on my blog on my printmaking and design projects. Please share and visit my site regularly to see new works and upcoming exhibitions. Gracias!
For todays #TBT, a little known story about one of the panels I made for La Cienega Station.
Last Saturday, my friends and I joined the festive crush of persons celebrating the opening of Los Angeles’ Expo Line. While sharing in the collective celebration of the region’s ever-expanding transit options, another big draw for us as riders is Metro’s system-wide program of art installations at…
New addition to the woodtype drawers.
This summer is getting jam packed with activity! Just accepted an offer to teach typography to high school kids at UCLA's Summer Institute! Looking forward to it.
Take a look! Great lecture by Alastair Johnston.
During the 1930s, the San Francisco printer Robert Grabhorn started his collection on printing in order to study the solutions of the masters to various prob...