This poster was created to announce our first retrospective exhibit (Asian Resource Gallery), La Nueva Grafica: 7 Years of Ten 12, featuring the political graphics of myself and my comrade, Jesus Barraza. The retrospective exhibit featured hundreds of graphics that carried on a Bay Area tradition of designing and printing socially conscious art for progressive political causes.
Below is an excerpt from our artist statement:
"We are surrounded by corporate media that influences our decisions about everything we wear, everything we eat, and everything we buy. What do you see when you watch TV? You see primarily white men and white women; you see the clothes you want; the body you want; the car you want. We are constantly fed messages to spend money, as everything we see has the blatant intent to make us buy something. TEN12 is not in the business of crass commercial advertisement, which is, unfortunately, one of the principal uses of graphic design. TEN12 is in the business of education and liberation. We create images and graphics that oppose the dominant culture. We create images about the issues that our people face day in and day out on the streets. Our people are third world immigrants that are struggling to make money on non-unionized jobs, while their children go to schools that don't teach useful or meaningful skills. Our people are Black, Latino, Asian and Native youth in the barrios who are trying to build a positive life for themselves, while the police harass them because they fit a stereotyped profile. These are the kinds of people you will never see on TV..."
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