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From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo

Exhibition: September 14 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo is a culminating exhibition featuring the work of Richmond Art Center’s Artists-in-Residence, Liberación Gráfica.   

Liberación Gráfica is a screen print collective whose art practice is rooted in the Chicanx art tradition of revolutionary community print workshops. Throughout their residency, Liberación Gráfica worked alongside youth and community members to create prints that uplift community voices, and raise awareness of the struggles and resilience of the people of Richmond. 

This exhibition presents the work that Liberación Gráfica collectively created during their residency. This includes a collection of striking silkscreen prints created for community events that speak to key issues like environmental justice, food sovereignty, and the prison industrial complex. The exhibition also includes prints made by Richmond youth who participated in Liberación Gráfica’s summer class which explored empowering topics of identity, culture, and ancestral knowledge. Staying true to the concept that there is no liberation without community, Liberación Gráfica has also invited artists in the community to join them in presenting work that together opens up conversations around ideas of liberation. 

Throughout their time at Richmond Art Center, Liberación Gráfica has embodied the role of the activist-artist championed by the Chicanx Art Movement. In this exhibition, Liberación Gráfica makes a strong connection to their artistic lineage and affirms that the role of the Chicanx artist is to serve the people by creating art that helps in the liberation of the people. 

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo is the work From the People, For the People! 

About the Collective: Liberación Gráfica is a community-based art collective whose mission is to provide opportunities for self and community expressions through silkscreen printing. The collective is made up of Richmond-based artists, teachers, and community organizers: Eddy Chacon, Lisette Vera, Daniel Cervantes and Francisco Rojas. Liberación Gráfica was established in 2019 and since has worked towards teaching youth the process of silkscreen printing through a social justice lens with the intention to bridge gaps between communities of color and bring awareness to social injustices faced by the Richmond community.

This exhibition was made possible with the support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists-in-Residence Press Release

Top image: Francisco Rojas, Pasando Regalos, Passing Gifts, 2022

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