Curated by Fernando Martí with Yolanda Lopez.
Fifty years ago, Los Siete de la Raza galvanized a movement and helped define a radical politics of self-determination. Cultura y Resistencia gathers the movement aesthetics and cultural resistance of artist Yolanda Lopez, editor Donna Amador, the Basta Ya! newspaper, and the work of the Los Siete organization, along with contemporary work reflecting on the ongoing relevance of the issues that Los Siete fought for.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of conversations and performances with movement elders and contemporary activists and cultural workers, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Los Siete.
“I did not become aware of our own history until 1968 when there was a call for a strike at San Francisco State, a strike for ethnic studies. I heard the men and women that led that Third World
Strike speak and I understood at that point what my position was being part of this continuum of American history. In 1969, seven young men in the Mission District were charged with killing an undercover policeman. When I came to to Los Siete, all of a sudden there was a need for the tools that I had, my art skills. With the experience of Los Siete, I understood what I was to do as an artist. My professional life followed that trajectory, as an artist for social and political change.”
About the curator:
Fernando Martí is a writer, printmaker, community architect and housing activist. Originally from Ecuador, he has been deeply involved in San Francisco’s struggles for affordable housing, community land and climate justice since the mid-’90s. His work reflects his formal training in urbanism, his roots in rural Ecuador, and his current residence in the heart of Empire. His poetry, prints and constructions inhabit the space between ancestral traditions of place and liberatory practices. His artwork can be seen regularly on justseeds.org.