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November 2002. Seven diverse graphic artists collaborated with Los Angeles housing activists to produce posters that reflect the vision, values, and goals of efforts to protect the community from displacement. This effort involved collaboration with Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Self-Help Graphics, a nationally acclaimed community arts program in East Los Angeles, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the largest collection of political posters in the country. Artists pulled their prints at Self-Help's graphic studio and got support in using the seriograph medium from master printer Joe Alpuche. The results were incorporated into several national and international archives, as well as the We Shall Not Be Moved exhibit, which helped inspire the project, curated by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. The project was supported by a Rockefeller PACT grant (Partnerships Affirming Community Transformation).
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"They Mistook the Determination in Our Eyes for Hopelessness"- WESTON TERUYA
Artist Statement: To put it simply, this print was inspired by and created for the residents of the Figueroa Corridor area of Los Angeles as they struggle for their homes and dignity in the face of gentrification. In conversations with some residents, it became clear that there was a great deal of frustration that while they lived in direct view of the heart of LA's financial district, they felt very marginalized from any decision-making processes and power. Therefore I felt it very important to feature the residents, represented by the woman and her child at the center of the piece; further accentuated by the fish-eye like distortion of perspective. The representations of financial power - the stamp-like men in suits - are mariginal and partly obscured. Their clone-like appearance accentuates the homogenizing effect of gentrification - the displacement of locally-owned businesses in favor of corporate mono-culture. The statement "Si No Hay Lucha, No Hay Victoria", was taken directly from transcribed conversations amongst residents and represents their passion and determination to keep their homes and take back their voices.