All posts tagged: Lynnette Miranda

Imagen de portada: Victoria Martinez de pie frente a la escuela primaria Pickard en Pilsen cerca de un mural que pintó en colaboración con los alumnos de 5º a 7º grado de la escuela. El mural “Championing Neighborhood Memories” se inspiró en la colección permanente del Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano y está ubicado en el patio de recreo de Pickard. Martínez, quien asistió a la escuela desde el jardín de infantes hasta el octavo grado, trabaja de manera recurrente con estos estudiantes. Foto de William Camargo.

Unwavering Motivation: Victoria Martinez’s Mark on Chicago

Featured Image: Victoria Martinez standing in front Pickard Elementary in Pilsen near a mural she painted collaboratively with 5th thru 7th graders from the school. The mural “Championing Neighborhood Memories” was inspired by the permanent collection from the National Museum of Mexican Art and is located on the Pickard playground. Martinez, who attended the school from Kindergarten thru 8th grade, recurrently works with these students. Photo by William Camargo. To read the following article in Spanish, click here. Victoria Martinez is on a mission: to catalyze and foster change by making art in the neighborhood where she grew up in, Pilsen. Over the last eight years, she has evolved her making and teaching work into a deliberate community-based practice that encourages empowerment through material exploration and collaboration. The mixed media and installation artist sees her next step as building an artistic practice that is not only creatively rigorous but also financially sustainable to continue investing in the Mexican folks of Pilsen, whose home is being whitewashed by gentrification. Now, after grappling with the question of graduate school …

Dissenting through Craft with Aram Han Sifuentes

Born out of frustration at the country’s current political state and feeling unsafe to protest, fiber and social practice artist Aram Han Sifuentes began making fabric protest banners the day after the 2016 Presidential election. During her residency at the Chicago Cultural Center, she presented the Protest Banner Lending Library where the public could make, donate and check-out protest banners at no charge. The ongoing library invites people to support movements of dissent through making something with care: dynamic banners on novelty fabric that proudly wear slogans such as “Multi Culti Cuties Unite,” “Too Cute To Be Binary,” and “The Future is Female and Brown.” Hundreds of banners later, it is still a practical resource for organizers and activists who need the assistance and encouragement. Since then, the library has been presented and activated at Alphawood Gallery in Chicago and is currently at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis, where Sifuentes is an artist in residence this summer. The Protest Banner Lending Library was an act of catharsis and solidarity for the artist, bringing people together …