Artist Demonstration by Favianna Rodriguez
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Favianna Rodriguez. Photo by Z. S. Grant
Join visual artist and activist, Favianna Rodriguez, as she celebrates the resiliency, courage, and determination of immigrants who come to the United States. Rodriguez will be sharing her popular art project “Migration is Beautiful” by completing a life-size mural with the image of a monarch butterfly, the longest traveling insect that migrates through Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The artist explains: "The monarch butterfly represents the beauty of migration and the fundamental right that living beings have to freely move. Like the monarch butterfly, human beings cross borders in search of safer habitats. Like the monarch butterfly, human beings cross borders in order to survive." In addition, Rodriguez will make available coloring activities for children who want to celebrate immigrant history through the symbol of the butterfly.
Favianna Rodriguez will be a speaker in the section Ideas: North and South of the Border at the MEX I AM festival on August 1st at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational visual artist whose work depicts how women, migrants, and outsiders are affected by global politics, economic inequality, patriarchy, and interdependence. When Rodriguez is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers, and performers in migrant rights. In 2009 she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.
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The Season Sponsor of Friday Nights at the de Young is Hanson Bridgett. Additional support is provided by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Bay Guardian.