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Art and Politics Panel in San Francisco

February 10, 2010


Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Time:7:30pm – 10:00pm
Location: CounterPulse
Street:1310 Mission Street (at 9th)
City: San Francisco, CA
Favianna Rodriguez will host a panel with Bay Area artists:
Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes and Zachary Karnazes

Jesus Barraza is an activist printmaker and digital artist based in San Leandro, California. Using bold colors and high contrast images his prints reflect both his local and global community and their resistance in a struggle to create a new world. Barraza’s work continues the tradition of graphic art in the spirit of Jose Gaudalupe Posada, OSPAAAL and Juan R. Fuentes. In 1998 Barraza was aco-founder of ten12, a collective of digital artists. He has also worked as GraphicDesigner for the Mission Cultural Center/Mission Grafica, where Calixto Robles, Juan R. Fuentes and Michael Roman mentored Barraza in various screen printing methods. In 2003, he co-founded the Taller Tupac Amaru printing studio.
Melanie Cervantes is an artist trained by library books, family, peers and experimentation. She produces her work in various mediums including pen and ink, acrylic, screenprinting, embroidery, fiber arts, and spraypainted stencils. Melanie
infuses her indigenous internationalist worldview, spirituality and politic into all her art. Following the tradition of such artists as Juana Alicia, Malaquias Montoya, Judy Baca, Emory Douglas, La Mujeres Muralistas and Diego Rivera- Melanie has made a life long commitment to being an artist for the people.
Zachary Karnazes was born and raised in the bay area. He is very active in local community and politics designing original artwork for The Really FREE Market, Food Not Bombs, SF Bay Area Community Exchange, Haiti Action Committee, CCSF Green Corps, and other progressive organizations.


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