Graphic in Transit: Socially Engaged Art in The Era of Black Lives
Featuring Raúl Ferrera Balanquet, Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Iowa City; Bill Fick, Duke University; and Rafael Osuba, Artist Studio Project. Introduced and moderated by Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Duke University. With participation of Sergio Sánchez Santamaría.
Sergio Sánchez Santamaría is the heir of the famous Taller de Gráfica Popular, a powerful collective of visual artists that for decades produced art in a socially (at times politically) engaged ways in Mexico and that became known worldwide for their commitment to justice, social equality, and human rights. GRAPHIC IN TRANSIT responds to the question of how to sustain and actualize such a legacy in times in which art has moved away from the social commitment of the past. Participants in this conversation will present the work of Sánchez Santamaría in a historical and critical context, next to figures such as African American artist Elizabeth Catlett and Leopoldo Méndez among others. This event also marks the launching of the book of the same title, which presents texts produced by art critics, collectors, and fellow artists introducing to the American audience the work of Sánchez Santamaría.
The Wednesdays at the Center series, the John Hope Franklin Center, and the international area study centers in DUCIGS have worked in the past to address issues of racism, inequality, and marginalization both globally and locally.