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Cliche Inversion

ID Number: 18355
Maker: Mark Young; Self Help Graphics and Art; Strategic Actions for a Just Economy; Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: 2002
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 66 cm x 51 cm; 26 in x 20 1/16 in
Main Subject: Housing
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Tu Ca$a E$ Mi Ca$a [sic: Tu Casa Es Mi Casa] SHG

Acquisition Number: 2002-101

Artist also known as Memphis. Part of a seven poster portfolio on housing issues produced by Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Self-Help Graphics and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. Artist Statement: Cliché Inversion takes the familiar cliché, "Mi Casa es Tu Casa," and flips it to now say, "Tu Casa es Mi Casa." This statement is the pigs spin in the phrase as he has scaled up a tree and kicked out its inhabitants (a small canary) and its unhatched siblings, with no regard to the fact that the birds were there first - to say nothing of the fact that in general, trees are homes to birds, even squirrels, but never pigs. Symbolically, the pig with his football helmet represents the greed of capitalistic developers - specifically the powers that are behind the football stadium currently being proposed for downtown Los Angeles. The hapless canary is both bewildered and angry at this hostile takeover. The canary represents the people who live in the proposed stadium site. Portfolio Description: Seven diverse graphic artists collaborated with Los Angeles housing activists to produce posters that reflect the vision, values, and goals of efforts to protect the community from displacement. This effort involved collaboration with Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Self-Help Graphics, a nationally acclaimed community arts program in East Los Angeles, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the largest collection of political posters in the country. Artists pulled their prints at Self-Help's graphic studio and got support in using the seriograph medium from master printer Joe Alpuche. The results were incorporated into several national and international archives, as well as the We Shall Not Be Moved exhibit, which helped inspire the project, curated by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. The project was supported by a Rockefeller PACT grant (Partnerships Affirming Community Transformation).

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