Acción Latina’s Juan R. Fuentes Gallery
2958 24th Street, San Francisco
50 years ago, the arrest of seven young Central American men from the Mission District galvanized a movement and helped define a radical politics of self-determination. Join Acción Latina for an art exhibition and series of talks on the movement aesthetics and cultural resistance of Yolanda M. Lopez, Donna James Amador, the Basta Ya! and the Los Siete Defense Committee.Fernando Martí Curator Bio
Fernando Martí is a writer, printmaker, community architect and housing activist. Originally from Ecuador, he has been deeply involved in San Francisco’s struggles for affordable housing, community land and climate justice since the mid-’90s. His work reflects his formal training in urbanism, his roots in rural Ecuador, and his current residence in the heart of Empire. His poetry, prints and constructions inhabit the space between ancestral traditions of place and liberatory practices. His artwork can be seen regularly on justseeds.org.
Yolanda Lopez Artist Statement
I did not become aware of our own history until 1968 when there was a call for a strike at San Francisco State, a strike for ethnic studies. I heard the men and women that led that Third World Strike speak and I understood at that point what my position was being part of this continuum of American history. In 1969, seven young men in the Mission District were charged with killing an undercover policeman. When I came to to Los Siete, all of a sudden there was a need for the tools that I had, my art skills. With the experience of Los Siete, I understood what I was to do as an artist. My professional life followed that trajectory, as an artist for social and political change.
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