Students to Honor the Spirit of Mexican Independence
Late at night on Sept. 15, 1810 in Guanajuato, Mexico Father Miguel Hidalgo set into motion a series of events that rallied Mexican workers to stand unified in their opposition to Spanish Colonial rule.
UNM students Mikey G. de la Rosa and Michael Wolff invite everyone to honor Hidalgo's early morning Grito de Dolores with another call to action, this one more contemporary, and delivered in the form of images that depict Mexicans, still standing unified against repression, 200 years later.
UNM Libraries has recently acquired the ASARO Collection (Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca), and de la Rosa curated images from the collection to complement UNM Ph.D. student and photographer Michael Wolff's photo narrative "Sonidos de la Frontera."
The exhibit in the Herzstein Latin American Reading Room gallery on Zimmerman's second floor includes prints and spray paint stencils of the Oaxacan artists collective ASARO, known for its association with the Popular Assembly of Oaxacan Peoples (APPO).
The ASARO works and Wolff's reflections on current events in violence stricken Cuidad de Juarez address 21st century Mexican military and police occupations on Mexico's Northern and Southern fronts. These stories reflect daily lives and grassroots movements at opposing ends of the Mexican Republic. More importantly, they represent Mexican peoples unifying for peace and sovereignty.
The exhibition opens at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 with an open Mexican potluck for the public. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
For questions about the exhibit, contact Suzanne Michele Schadl, coordinator of Inter-American Studies at University Libraries at (505) 277-8637 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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