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Migration, Prisons and Art: Resistance to Borders and the Prison Industrial Complex With Favianna Rodriguez & No One is Illegal

October 19, 2012


Friday, October 19th – 6pm
Leacock 219, 855 Sherbrooke Street West
McGill University (metro McGill)
Part of Culture Shock, co-organized by the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at McGill and the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU).

Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland, California. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Juárez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts. Favianna is a co-organizer of the Migration Now portfolio of handmade prints addressing migrant issues from Justseeds and Culture Strike. Info:

Andrea Figueroa & Cera Yiu of No One Is Illegal-Montreal. The No One Is Illegal campaign of Montreal is part of a worldwide movement of resistance, struggling collectively for the self-determination of migrants and indigenous peoples. We organize to be part of the resistance movement within the walls of Fortress North America. We recognize that struggles for self-determination, and for the free movement of people against colonial exploitation, are led by the communities who fight on the frontlines. The No One Is Illegal campaign lends tangible support to these struggles in our capacity as both participants and allies. In doing so, we seek to contribute to building a global movement for justice and dignity, while building links between communities of resistance locally and worldwide. Info:
Culture Shock:
Migration Now Portfolio:
No One Is Illegal-Montreal:

Image by Melanie Cervantes from the Migration Now portfolio


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