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Current Exhibition

Blooming In The Midst of Gentrification

Digital Mural

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Friday, September 19, 2014

Billboard Unveiling: August 2, 5pm (Reception for Carving Through Borders Exhibition at 7pm)

"Blooming In The Midst of Gentrification" is a collaboration between youth from People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (P.O.D.E.R.), Galeria De La Raza and CultureStrike. The young activists from P.O.D.E.R. collaborated with CultureStrike artists Susa Cortez and Julio Salgado on a billboard that portrayed some of the things they are doing to fight back against gentrification. They specifically wanted to hight light their #PUEBLOTE campaign where P.O.D.E.R. has organized with Mission residents to reclaim public lands for community use based on community planning efforts that bring together the knowledge and experience of neighborhood residents.

PODER’s mission is to organize with residents of Southeast San Francisco to work on local solutions to issues facing low income communities and communities of color. Through the PUEBLOTE (PUEBLO +LOTE) campaign, PODER is organizing with neighborhood residents to reclaim public lands for community use based on community planning efforts that bring together the knowledge and experience of neighborhood residents. PODER is a membership based organization that works to build the leadership of families to organize for Environmental Justice.

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Carving Through Borders

Gallery Exhibition

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Friday, September 19, 2014

#CarvingThroughBorders project is a collection of 13 oversized woodblock prints with pro-migrant messaging commissioned by CultureStrike.

Artists: Santi Armengod, Felipe Baeza, Carol Montes, Julio Salgado, Favianna Rodriguez, Susalita Cortez, Oree Originol, Chucha Marquez, Imin Yeh, Emory Douglas, James Williams, Rommy Enciso, DJ Agana, Erin Yoshi

Undocumented and documented artists from the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York and Florida were asked to illustrate various aspects of migration with a local, national or worldwide scope: detention, deportation, displacement, discrimination, exploitation, violence, youth, criminalization, legalization, economic and ecological brutality wherever and however it occurs.

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The first edition of prints were done with a steamroller on fabric by Master Printers from Syracuse University during the 42nd annual Southern Graphic Council Conference in San Francisco on March 29, 2014. The second edition of prints shown here at Galeria de la Raza were printed on Sekishu paper at Favianna Rodriguez’ West Oakland studio by printmaster Nichol Markowitz.

CultureStrike works toward a society that recognizes and embraces migration and the migrant experience. We harness the power of culture to organize artists, writers and other culture makers to transform public views and sentiment around migration, and to fight for equity and full inclusion of migrants and their communities in the United States’ social fabric.



Women Are Perfect (If You Let Them!)

Studio 24 Exhibition

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Artist Jessica Sabogal’s latest series of paintings “Women Are Perfect! (If You Let Them)” is the beginning of a campaign for radical understanding, self-expression and a movement for the evolution of natural identity and body justice.

Sabogal believes that as women, we are everything we need. We are literally places of birth, as womb, and this world could not continue, could not generate, could not go on without us and our bodies. We belong to ourselves. “Women Are Perfect! (If You Let Them)” marries incompatible images of women as made personal by the artist herself: the birth and growth of her nephew coincides with the internationally- and locally-scaled war on women that denies their perfection and personhood.

As the new Artist in Residence, Sabogal will be taking this concept off the canvas and into the streets. With the help of Galería, Sabogal will be doing four murals around San Francisco that will strive to demystify and decolonize women's bodies. It will depict the female form in relation to science and medicine -- topics addressed will be abortion, mammograms, breast-feeding and sexuality.

Jessica Sabogal Bio: For first generation Colombian American graffiti artist, Jessica Sabogal, art serves as a haven, a tribute, a creative outlet of adoration and exaltation for women with stories often untold. Her pieces possess a vision of female identity that is revolutionary and powerful, brave and beautiful. By utilizing a spray can, she aims to color her canvas by unraveling stories she once heard, lived, struggled, and loved. Throughout the years, Sabogal has consistently reinvented what it means to be a female graffiti artist in a male-dominated medium. She has continuously pushed the boundaries as an artist by utilizing her medium for social change, action, and empowerment, while reminding us of the simple but necessary notion that women are to be valued, glorified, respected, and above all, loved.


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