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!
A review of my work and recent activities in Mexico by Nidia Rosales for CONACULTA, Mexico.
Nos atraviesan migraciones. Las ciudades son pliegues hacia diferentes épocas, planos para narrar historias, ausencias, puentes por construir. Imaginar es una forma de conocer. Visualizamos el pasa...
New lithograph made with maestro Joel Rendon at his studio in Mexico City. What shall we name him? ------ Nueva litografía realizada en el taller del maestro Joel Rendon en la Ciudad de México. Que nombré le ponemos al nagual?
If you find yourself in Oaxaca, hope to see you there! ----------------- Si están en Oaxaca, los espero aquí!
"Somos puente" exhibición individual de Daniel González se inaugura el sábado 13 de junio con motivo de su residencia / June 13th is the opening for Daniel Gonzalez solo show "We are bridge".
Come out and see what the surprise is! June 6th at the Fonda Theater, Los Angeles.
Are you ready for Santa Fe?
It's official. Proud to announce that I will be the first artist in residence at the Espacio Centro in Oaxaca, México this summer. Looking forward to exchanging ideas and working with other printmakers.