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Mazatle -- Nuestra Lucha Es Por La Vida
Mazatle -- Nuestra Lucha Es Por La Vida
Digital CollectionStreet Art Graphics
TitleMazatle -- Nuestra Lucha Es Por La Vida
Title-TranslationOur Struggle Is For Life
ContributorJustseeds Artists' Cooperative
Time Span2015
Geographic LocationMontréal, Canada
Classgraphic arts
DescriptionGraphic image of a mocking bird grasping a knife with its talons. "El Cenzontle (The Northern Mockingbird) is a linocut inspired by the words of the 4th Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN written in 1996. Our struggle is for life, and the bad government offers death for our future." -- Justseeds website; "Mazatl lives in Mexico City where he part takes in several collectives seeking social/political/enviromental justice; his art is inspired by the work individuals and collectives do to shake off the noose around our necks." -- Mazatl website
SubjectEjército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (Mexico); Chiapas (Mexico) -- history -- Peasant Uprising, 1994-; indigenous peoples -- Mexico; government, resistance to; revolutionaries; protest movements; political activists; Mexico -- politics and government; birds; mockingbirds; weapons; knives
Artist's Statement;
SourceThis sticker was distributed by Justseeds Artists' Cooperative located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Justseeds Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized network of 30 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends." -- Justseeds Artists' Cooperative website
NotesCollected at the 2015 Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. "The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair organizing collective acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka. The Kanien'kehá:ka are the keepers of the Eastern Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The island called "Montreal" is known as Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien'kehá:ka, and it has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin peoples. The Anarchist Bookfair collective believes it's not enough just to acknowledge the keepers of this land. We encourage everyone participating in the Bookfair to get informed and educated, and to actively resist colonialism and neo-colonialism in the many forms it takes, and in the diversity of forms that resistance can take too." -- Montreal Anarchist Bookfair website
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