In July of 2016, local artist Josué Rojas invited the community to contribute to a project that offers a statement about the displacement of long-time residents in San Francisco and, in particular, the Mission District.
The response to his request was dramatic, with artwork pouring in from all directions—the voices ranging from youth in San Francisco’s juvenile hall to the city’s poet laureate Alejandro Murgíua.
Rojas incorporated these disparate voices into the creation of iGéntromancer!, a multimedia exhibition that serves as a statement by the community in an ongoing conversation about the impact of gentrification.
¡Géntromancer! features visual work across a range of mediums including painting, drawing and murals.
“The range and scope of voices in the poetry directly feed the work” Rojas said. “It’s a place in which we as the community are able to say who we are, and what we want. Moreover, it is a place in which we are able to articulate our power, resilience and our dreams for the future.”