- September 17 - December 5, 2019
Twenty-five years after the Zapatistas first emerged in the global consciousness, the indigenous communities in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas are still resisting, forging a dignified existence through the construction of autonomous justice, health, education, and self-governance. Woven throughout their movement we see a reverence for creativity as a form of collective action, resistance, and shared expression of the world they are in the process of making. The art works on view here were created in Zapatista territories and are shared by the Chiapas Support Committee in Oakland to inspire and galvanize Bay Area communities and people everywhere to say “Enough!” in the face of injustice, inviting us to create together a new and better world.
JOIN US for a SEASON of EXHIBITION EVENTS:
All events will be held from 6:00-8:00PM in the Desai | Matta Gallery at CIIS unless otherwise noted.
October 16 | The Chiapas Media Project/Promedios (Namaste Hall)
Join us for an evening of screenings and conversation with Francisco Vázquez, co-founder of The Chiapas Media Project/Promedios, and Targol Mesbah, CIIS professor of media studies and postcolonial critique.
October 25 | Blending ART and LIFE to Imagine a New World
Bay Area artists discuss Zapatista art, what we can learn from it, and how we can apply that learning to our struggles and movements for justice here in the United States. Hosted by The Chiapas Support Committee, and held in the gallery at CIIS.
November 7 | Relationship Centered Supply-Chains:
The Political Economy of Zapatista Coffee
Sin Fronteras Coffee is disrupting the extractive corporate model by constructing an alternative wholesale and retail supply-chain model in partnership with Zapatista farmers in Chiapas, Mexico.
November 16 | Stories of ReXistence:
Fractures, Brightness, & Enchantments in the Land of Sorrows
Stories from Mexico and Colombia that will help us see light in memory and in the collective defense of territories devastated by extraction, war and forced disappearances. With militant scholar Rita Valencia.
November 30 | Exhibition Closing
Please join us to celebrate Zapatismo and the role of art in imagining a new and more equitable world.