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Melanie CervantesMelanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza created the cover art of the Summer '09 issue of Presente.

 

Melanie Cervantes creates a powerful visual language to declare that a peaceful, sustainable and just world is possible. She is an artist trained by library books, family, peers and experimentation. Producing her work in various mediums including pen and ink, acrylic, screenprinting, embroidery, fiber arts, and spraypainted stencils Melanie infuses her indigenous internationalist worldview, spirituality and politic into all her art.  She views her art practice as an important component of a growing social movement for global social justice. Her art moves those viewed as marginal to the center and features empowered youth, elders, women, queers, indigenous peoples and communities of color. As a member of the artist-activist collective Taller Tupac Amaru she produces political posters in collaboration with grassroots organizing efforts that are working to build collective power. Following the tradition of such artists as Juana Alicia, Malaquias Montoya, Judy Baca, Emory Douglas, La Mujeres Muralistas and Diego Rivera- Melanie has made a life long commitment to being an artist for the people.

Dignidad RebeldeA joint project of artist-activist’s Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes Dignidad Rebelde is a space for collaboration and artistic skill-sharing that is grounded in a Xicana worldview and fueled by their collective desire to support grassroots organizing for social justice. Members of the Taller Tupac Amaru , a print studio based in Oakland, Barraza and Cervantes are committed to the Taller’s mission of producing and distributing screen-printed political posters and fostering resurgence in the screen-printing medium for social change. Both are also members of Justseeds Artists Cooperative  a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements.
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