April 29, 2021 • Noon
Graphic in Transit: Sergio Sánchez Santamaría
Sergio Sánchez Santamaría is the heir of the famous Taller de Gráfica Popular, a powerful collective of visual artists that for decades produced art in a socially (at times politically) engaged ways in Mexico and that became known worldwide for their commitment to justice, social equality, and human rights. Graphic in Transit: Sergio Sánchez Santamaría responds to the question of how to sustain and actualize such a legacy in times in which art has moved away from the social commitment of the past. Participants in this conversation will present the work of Sánchez Santamaría in a historical and critical context, next to figures such as African American artist Elizabeth Catlett and Leopoldo Méndez among others. This event also marks the launching of the book of the same title, which presents texts produced by art critics, collectors, and fellow artists introducing to the American audience the work of Sánchez Santamaría.
This first edition of the book is accompanied with an “original” signed piece the artist is donating for the release of the book. The edition is made with a local artist base publication company (Artist Studio Publishing, LLC) based in Raleigh, NC. This first edition has a 200 copies run, most of them for free distribution to libraries, collaborators, and the artist. A small number will be on sale to recover some of the cost of the edition and keep the organization working on these themes. The publisher is working on an e-book edition that can reach a broader audience.
Speakers will include:
Sergio Sánchez Santamaría. Artist.
Raúl Ferrera Balanquet. Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Iowa City.
Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. Duke University.
Co-Editor. Rafael A. Osuba. Artist Studio Project.
To read more about the edition: