Immigration Art Rebrands the Reform Movement

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Favianna Rodriguez

Hopeful,'Unapologetic' Art Rebrands the Immigration Movement

The immigration advocacy movement has gone through a rebranding in the past few years thanks, in large part, to a group of West Coast artists who have shifted the movement's tone to a more hopeful one. They are known as artivists for their combined artist and activist role. Here are some of the most amazing works.

Artwork by Yolanda M. Lopez. Courtesy of Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
Courtesy of Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
"Who's the Illegal Alien PILGRIM?"

Yolanda M. Lopez made this poster in 1981. The reactionary tone of her work stands in stark contrast with the current movement's hopeful slogans.

Artwork by Favianna Rodriguez. Courtesy of the artist.
Artwork by Favianna Rodriguez. Courtesy of the artist.
Your Fight is My Fight

Favianna Rodriguez is one of the most visible artists of the immigration reform movement. Based in Oakland, California, Rodriguez has shown her work at museums like de Young Museum in San Francisco, and lectured on the use of art on civic engagement at Stanford University. This images reads: "Tu Lucha Es Mi Lucha" (Your Fight is My Fight).

Artwork by Favianna Rodriguez.
Artwork by Favianna Rodriguez.
Undocumented, Unafraid

Rodriguez's take on "Undocumented, Unafraid."

Artwork by Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde.
Courtesy Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes.
Dolores Huerta

Jesus Barraza of Dignidad Rebelde created this portrait of Dolores Huerta. Huerta is a labor leader who co-founded the United Farm Workers (formerly known as National Farmworkers Association) with Cesar Chavez.

Artwork by Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde.
Artwork by Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde.
A Human Right

Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde is the creator of "Migration is a Human Right" According to Cervantes' website, this "is a print dedicated to all the people who move across the land in an effort to live a dignified live."

Artwork by Julio Salgado. Courtesy of the artist.
Artwork by Julio Salgado. Courtesy of the artist.
Undocumented Apparel

Undocumented Apparel, a spoof on American Apparel was created by Julio Salgado.

"You backpacked across Europe and they called you adventurous. I crossed a border to save my daughter's life and they call me a criminal."

Artwork by Julio Salgado. Courtesy of the artist.
Artwork by Julio Salgado. Courtesy of the artist.
Strong Woman

Salgado is the creator of Muxer Fuerte. Comunidad Unida. (Strong Woman. United Community).

Artwork by Cesar Maxit. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Artwork by Cesar Maxit. Photo courtesy of the artist.
No Papers, No Fear

Sin Papeles, Sin Miedo (No Papers, No Fear) was a banner used at a civil disobedience event in Tennessee. The event was part of a bus ride accross southern states with Charlotte, North Carolina as its final destination for the DNC 2012. This caravan was known as the Undocubus. The banner was made by Cesar Maxit.

Artwork by Cesar Maxit. Courtesy of the artist.
Artwork by Cesar Maxit. Courtesy of the artist.
Flying High

This artwork was also created for the Undocubus caravan by Maxit.

Artwork by Ramiro Gomez. Courtesy of the artist.
Artwork by Ramiro Gomez. Courtesy of the artist.
No Splash

Ramiro Gomez created "No Splash (Detail)" earlier this year. Gomez's work documents the predominantly Hispanic workforce that keeps up the beautiful homes in and around the West Hollywood neighborhoods where he lives and works. This painting, according to his blog, is a reinterpretation of David Hockney's iconic painting 'A Bigger Splash'.

Artwork by Ramiro Gomez. Courtesy of the artist.
Artwork by Ramiro Gomez. Courtesy of the artist.
At the Park

In "Rosalinda and Tanner at the park" Gomez offers an expression of what he sees as a male nany in West Hollywood.

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