We at the Escuela Popular Martires del 68 are happy to announce that the 2012 portfolio is printed and ready to go!
This year’s portfolio is centered around the defense of the sacred site of Wirikuta, in the heart of Wixarica territory municipality of Catorce, state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
The Martires del 68 school and the Convención Metropolitana de Artistas y Trabajadores de la Cultura (CMATC) coordinated this amazing piece of collective graphic work in benefit of the Wirikuta Defense Front: Tamatsima Wahaa.
To better coordinate this portfolio, each historic member of the CMATC invited five artists and cultural workers to produce a poster that would depict the struggle for indigenous autonomy in defense of Wirkuta.
This method of coordinating enabled artists to be assisted by extremely experienced graphic artists like Felipe Hernandez, Iseo Noyola, Leopoldo Praxedis, Antonio Valverde amongst others. The coordination was very powerful and rich since younger artists got to work together and learn from artists who have had more than 40 years of experience in producing revolutionary graphics and printing them.
Down below, only a part of the prints out of the complete portfolio are displayed. The portfolio comes in a beautiful hand printed and built box and a number of essays from writers like Alberto Hijar.
We believe that it is imperative for artists of any sort to denounce the atrocities being inflicted upon Indigenous nations as well as people of color, women and poor people of the world.
Earlier this week it was announced that the Mexico judiciary is suspending mining concessions on Wixarika lands for as long as the core of the matter remains unresolved.
Despite this great news this is a war of extermination and natural resource extraction. This is not an isolated case of cultural genocide but a systematic attack by the predatory capitalist system on those of us who defend and protect Mother Earth and all of its beings. The struggle continues.
If you’re interested in buying a copy of this limited edition portfolio please email at: mazatl (a) justseeds.org