César Chávez Victoria, artist and member of the ASARO collective, will discuss the founding of the group and its role in the 2006 Oaxaca Rebellion.
César Chávez Victoria is a graphic artist from Oaxaca, Mexico who specializes in wood, linoleum, glass, and other forms of engraving and print-making. Trained in the fine arts school of Oaxaca (Bellas Artes), César has worked with ASARO, Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (The Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca, ASARO) since its founding in 2006. He has worked with youth in a wide range of contexts producing large public art works and murals and has also experimented with animation. César’s images have appeared on T-shirts, walls, installations, and even on buttons.
In the fall of 2006, ASARO began painting and stenciling on public walls and performed in-situ art such as the “tapetes” (sand paintings) modelled on the commemorative art form in Oaxaca that uses colored sand and flowers to honor the dead in November and in ritual ceremonies. ASARO built a presence on the streets of Oaxaca with its large-scale, high-contrast stencils. ASARO was invited by Oaxacan artist Fransisco Toledo to hold its first public art exhibit in the Instituto de Artes Gráficos (Institute of Graphic Arts, IAGO) in Oaxaca City in 2007. Since that time the collective has had exhibits in museums throughout Mexico, the U.S., Europe, and other parts of Latin America. The art of ASARO artists is also collected privately. César Chávez Victoria and ASARO have maintained a commitment to work with youth and have carried out workshops with youth in many locations in Mexico aimed to reclaiming public space and providing local youth with an outlet for their creativity and energy. He will be in residence at the University of Oregon from March 3 – March 8, 2014 carrying out activities at the University and in the community. Follow this link to a website with more information and bilingual videos of César and other ASARO members talking about their art and their organization. http://faceofoaxaca.uoregon.edu/youth/video-testimonials/
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