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.
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Signed and numbered, handmade, limited edition wood cut and linocut prints by Daniel González.
Artistas de Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, Minneapolis, expresaron su solidaridad con la #AcciónGlobalporAyotzinapa por medio de una acción denominada #MexicoNoEstaSolo: obra poética y gráfica impresa en la #risograph de La Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote, y repartida por primera vez durante la marcha del #1DMX. La Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote es un nodo de colaboración transnacional creativa --imaginaria, política e intelectual. Aquí se puede leer un texto del maestro grabador Daniel González --quien concibió y coordinó esta iniciativa-- explicando el sentido histórico y político de esta acción: http://goo.gl/BhqS7p Los siete volantes repartidos se pueden ver y descargar aquí, en pdf: http://goo.gl/N7RcL0 Colaboraron: Gloria Enedina Alvarez – Los Angeles, California – Poeta V.M. Vertiz – Los Angeles, California – Poeta Giovanni Verduzco – Este de Los Angeles, California – Poeta Funkahuatl – Los Angeles, California – Poeta Kenji C. Liu – Este Los Angeles, California – Poeta Tinterillo – Los Angeles, California – Grafica Luis Fitch – Minneapolis Minnesota – Grafica patricia – Oakland, California – Grafica Sukiyaqui – Los Angeles, California – Grafica Coloradito – Chicago, Illinois – Grafica Suzy – Los Angeles, California – Grafica Lauro G. Caloca – Los Angeles, California – Grafica Gracias a Génesis Rojas, por su apoyo para la impresión, a Daniela Flores Magón, Óscar Enríquez y Gabriela Bustamante, por ayudar a distribuir estos impresos durante la marcha, y al contingente de El Colegio de México por brindarnos seguridad durante la protesta del #1DMX, amenazada, como otras, como todas, por la violencia represora. Gracias especialmente a Tazy Cat. Ayuden a distribuir ¡ #MéxicoNoEstáSolo ! ¡a abolir fronteras!
My first lithography at the studio of Maestro Joel Rendon in Mexico City. Can't wait for the impression and edition.