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Brown and Proud

ID Number: 35367
Maker: Melanie Cervantes; Dignidad Rebelde
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: 2010
Place Made: United States: California, Oakland
Measurements: 91.5 cm x 71.1 cm; 36 in x 28 in
Main Subject: Immigration; Chicano/Latino
Materials: Matte paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Brown and Proud Todos Somos Arizona [in pencil] A.P. "Brown and Proud" Melanie Cervantes '10

Acquisition Number: 2010-181

Artist Statement: This is a large format art print version of the Brown and Proud poster that I created in reponse to Arizona passing SB 1070 into law. The law will allow local "law enforcement" legally use racial profiling to harrass anyone they respect "who is an alien and who is unlawfully present in the U.S." In order to create a message of cultural affirmation and pride, in a climate where being brown means you are a target of suspicion and abuse, I created this design using the slogan Brown and Proud. The illustration I created of my the main character in my poster is a portrait of a young Xicana from Oakland named Leslie. I also wanted to use a stylized butterfly that is based on glyphs found in Azcapotzalco an area of what is now Mexico City. I used the butterflies to symbolize how migration is reflected in the natural world. The "Todos Somos Arizona" sub-slogan was influenced by the collectively focused Zapatista slogans such as Todos Somos Ramona.* Our worldview is heavily influenced by the uprising of the Zapatistas social movement against the rise of Neo-liberal politics. * Ramona was the nom de guerre of one of the highest ranking Zapatista comandantes. A Mayan woman and member of the Zapatista leading council, she served as a symbol of equality and dignity for indigenous and impoverished women. She died of cancer in 2006.

Production Notes: Larger version, 5 color, Handprinted on art paper.

Copyright Status:
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

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