CARVING THROUGH BORDERS
June 10, 2017 to July 7, 2017
Fifteen artists of diverse immigrant backgrounds were invited to create large-scale woodcuts depicting images and messages inspired by their experiences as documented or undocumented citizens. The themes explored deportation, justice, worker’s rights, the immigrant’s contributions to society and the freedom to move across borders. Artists worked for months carving their imagery into large wood panels, utilizing a printmaking process (some working in the medium for the very first time) that has a long history for disseminating information and rallying change.
Professor Holly Greenberg and students from the Syracuse University printmaking program traveled to San Francisco in 2014 and set up a pop-up printmaking studio on the streets of the Mission District. Working side by side, the students and artists printed the large-scale (7’x3′) woodcuts on fabric with a two-ton steamroller. The resulting impressions are intended to be used as banners in political marches and protests across the United States where immigration policy change is currently challenged. Carving Through Borders illustrated various aspects of migration—detention, deportation, displacement, discrimination—and also communities’ resistance and resilience.
Carving Through Borders video editing by Courtney Rile/Daylight Blue Media
Exhibiting Artists: Agana – Oakland, Felipe Baeza – New York, Susalita Cortez – San Francisco, Emory Douglas – San Francisco, Rommy Enciso – Naples, FL., Crystal Galindo & Anesti Vega – Rohnert Park, CA., Chucha Marquez – Davis, CA., Mazatl – Mexico City, Carol Montes – Los Angeles, Oree Originol – Oakland, Favianna Rodriguez – Oakland, Julio Salgado – San Francisco, James Williams – San Francisco, Imin Yeh – Berkeley and Erin Yoshi – San Francisco. You can read more about the project on the CultureStrike web site.
This exhibition was funded in part by
Diane Cass & Tim McLaughlin, Kathryne Davis,
Margrit Diehl, Lynn Fallon & Greg Daily,
Phil & Marilyn Frankel, Lanny Freshman & Rae Kramer,
Gegensatz Press, Barbara & Barry Gordon,
Julie Gozan & Tom Keck, Wendy Harris, Deborah Holler,
Lydia & Jerry Miner, Donna & Phil Muhs McCarten,
Deirdre Neilen, Maggie & Roger Reid, Carole Resnick,
Alan Rosenthal and Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane