César Maxit is the creator of the logo with the stalk of corn growing out of the army helmet. The design was inspired by a direct action against the SOA that César took part in in 2002.
The action included the planting of corn on the grounds of the Fort Benning military base. César has provided countless hours of graphic design work for the production of various issues of ¡Presente! The image below was used to illustrate an article about the FBI surveillance against SOA Watch that was revealed through a Freedom of Information Act request in 2006.
César created the covers of the Spring 2007, the Spring 2008, and the Summer 2010 issues of Presente as well as the poster with the image of Ingrid Carillo, holding a picture of one of her disappeared relatives at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.
"i'm a visual artist, architect, community organizer, nonviolence trainer and a street artist. when i’m not designing architectural creations, i have volunteered my graphic and web design work to many local and national nonprofits working on human rights and environmental issues. you can catch me skateboarding down to the street soccer court in central d.c. or composting and harvesting at our community vegetable garden. i also work for several nonviolence training collectives facilitating workshops on political street art, campaign building, industrial climbing, and nonviolent direct action.
i was born in the pampas of southern patagonia, argentina in march of 1976, a day before the military coup that "disappeared" over 30,000 argentine students, organizers, journalists, professors, and artists. my father was offered a transfer to houston, tx in 1982 which he accepted in part so our family could escape the military government's ongoing domestic terrorism. i spent 4 years in college station, tx studying architecture at texas a&m, a former military training university. i lived several years in san antonio and dallas which are entrenched with military bases and weapons manufacturers respectively. now i live in washington, d.c. just a few miles from the pentagon."
- César Maxit
César Maxit created this powerful poster of Ingrid Carillo, who is holding a picture of her disappeared relative Alma Argentina at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. The poster is based on a photograph by Linda Panetta.
Ingrid is the daughter of Adriana Bartow-Portillo .
Poster by César Maxit: The SOA will be Shut Down - it is we who will do it:
Presente cover designs by César Maxit:
César Maxit talks in this video about the Mothers of the Disaapeared from the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina:
ART>MONEY: Design to Define a Movement
written by Lila, October 03, 2012
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