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. 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.
Reduction linocut print created at Taller Grafica Libre during my residency at Espacio Centro in Oaxaca. Soon to be released here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1670814799819961/
Hope to see all here. I'll be releasing two new prints created during my recent travels to Mexico. Also, my neighbor this year will be printmaker Pavel Acevedo of Espacio Centro, Oaxaca. Hope to see you all there!
Showcasing letterpress printing, book arts, and paper. Working demonstrations and over 80 exhibitors selling hand printed cards and invitations, letterpress posters, artist prints, rare and limited edition books, screen printed shirts, wood type, printing supplies & more. Demonstrations of letterpress, screen printing, paper making, typecasting, engraving, and 3-D printing! Largest Letterpress Equipment Swap Meet in the West with wood and metal printing type, ink, supplies, presses including Windmills, platens, and Vandercooks! The LA Printers Fair is an event and celebration that will leave visitors both impressed and inspired by the creative worlds of paper and printing. The Fair is from 10–4 pm, Saturday, October 3rd; $10 per person and $5 for children under 12. The Printing Museum is located at 315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson. For information and tickets: www.printmuseum.org/printersfair/ or 310-515-7166. Still accepting Volunteer sign-ups. The International Printing Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the heritage, preservation and advancement of the printing arts. We are transitioning from our current page to a group page. If you'd like to keep informed on future Printers Fairs please join this Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1624588637804498/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohtrylg8VXQ
Some Jose Guadalupe Posada inspired graphics for the Santa Barbara Bowl Dia de los muertos celebration. Hope to see you all there!
Dia de Los Muertos at the SB Santa Barbara Bowl,Friday,Oct. 30th Kinky,BOMBA ESTEREO, La Santa Cecilia,Chicano Batman, Conjunto Zacamandu, Grupo Bella, DJ Carlos Niño, Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles,Kalpulli Huitzilin ihuan Xochitl,The Tradicional Chinelos de Morelos/Comparsa Santa Barbara & mucho mas!http://nedcon.co/1O4aNnk A BIG GRACIAS to Daniel Gonzalez for the BEAUTIFUL poster!
Not quite conventional kiss the paper printing but that bite sure makes an impression. Biz cards for my friends of the band La Victoria. Wednesday nights at Las Perlas in DTLA.
This afternoons job: biz cards for my musical pals Neza, Romina, and Maria of La Victoria. #LaVictoriaMusic Follow them on Instagram: Music.La.Victoria