An afternoon of art, politics, music and culture to show solidarity with the resistance movement in Oaxaca, Mexico against the government of Ulises Ruiz is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11th, at SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center), 685 Venice Blvd., Venice. A donation will be requested.
The event, organized by the International Coalition for Social Justice and SPARC, will include a screening of a documentary on the social unrest in Oaxaca, and a guest speaker discussing social and political movements in Oaxaca. Food and music will be provided by Hector Marquez.
The event corresponds with the current photographic exhibition at SPARC, Oaxaca In Our Hearts: Revolt, Resistance, Realities and Remembering, which will be on view in the SPARC gallery.
The exhibit features large-scale photographs by award-winning photographer Antonio Turok that are his artistic response to the current crisis in Oaxaca.
Venice, California has the largest diaspora of Oaxacans outside of Oaxaca, according to organizers.
Currently, SPARC’s Web site is showing photographs related to the struggle taken by three photographers — Turok, Francisco Alvarado-Juarez and Ezequiel Leyva. The images illustrate the nationwide response to government repression that began with a strike by teachers in Oaxaca, according to SPARC spokeswoman Suzanne Thompson.
Federal police takeovers, mass arrests, hunger strikes, a cross‚ country march, bombings and killings have taken place, in addition to unrest around the outcome of Mexico’s contested presidential election and other re- gional and local elections, says Thompson.
Photographer Antonio Turok was born in Mexico City in 1955. He has photographed throughout Central America and Southern Mexico for the past 20 years and has published two books, Im·genes de Nicaragua (Images of Nicaragua, 1988); and Chiapas: El Fin del Silencio Aperture, 1998).
Turok is a winner of the 1994 Mother Jones International Documentary Photography Award and the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture for his work in Chiapas.
He was the only photographer to take images of the Zapatista National Liberation Army as it occupied the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas in 1994. He is also believed to be the first to photograph Subcomandante Marcos, revolutionary leader of the Zapatistas.
Turok and his wife and daughter recently moved to Oaxaca, where they organize art workshops and run a digital photo gallery.
Information, (310) 822-9560 or www.sparcmurals.org