Women's Activism NYC

Favianna Rodriguez

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“A cultural strategy is different from a political strategy because we are speaking to the heart space and challenging the unconscious bias that caused people to vote in this very hateful way and created the environment for what we are witnessing now,” Rodriguez said. “Donald Trump was a very good storyteller about the world he wanted to see and appealed to people’s emotions. We need to do the same.” Favianna Rodriguez is a digital artist and paintmaker from Oakland, California. Her style encompasses high- contrast colors and vivid figures that make her artwork unique and outstanding. Her work showcases imaginative and literal migration, interdependence, and global community. Her work also shows immigrant day laborers in the United States, self portraits, and mothers of disappeared women in Juarez, Mexico. Rodriguez is well-known for her distinct art that is filled with vibrant colors and important issues such as globalization, war, immigration, and social movements. She has worked closely with artists in Europe, Japan, and Mexico and her artwork appears in multiple locations. In 2005 she was an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute and received a 2006 Sea Change Residency from the Gaea Foundation. She is also the recipient of a 2005 award from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. She is currently a teacher who conducts workshops and presentations at Loyola Marymount University, the Habana Hip Hop Festival, The Commonwealth Club, and many more. In 2003 she co-founded the Taller Tupac Amaru printing studio that fostered the resurgence of screenprinting medium. Rodriguez is also the co-founder of Eastside Arts Alliance and Visual Element which are two programs that train young artists in the tradition of muralism. In addition to that, she is also the co-founder and president of Tumis Inc. a bilingual design studio that helps integrate art with technology. Furthermore, she is the co-editor of Reproduce and Revolt.

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