Art As A Political Presence


While reading this article on the often overlooked undocumented queer and trans* people in the United States, I appreciated the art that was attached and looked into the artist. Julio Salgado has a pretty incredible tumblr featuring his art (which you should all check out!), almost all of which features bold imagery of women of color and political quotations or statements from the likes of Audre Lorde and Sandra Cisneros. He considers immigration issues and the DREAMers as well as prison politics, education and health care issues. His style reminds me a bit of what I associate with famous muralists like Diego Rivera.


In fact his art reminds me of a mural I saw in San Francisco that honors transgender activists:Image

I realized that, in our discussion of alternative political methods, we spoke very little about art. I think that mural art is a particularly interesting medium with which to draw attention to issues facing historically underrepresented communities, like trans*, queer and undocumented people. Image

If anyone knows of any other rad political artists and muralists, please show me! Hope you enjoy!



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This is a blog about the 2012 presidential election. Content is generated by students in Professor Heldman's Politics 101 class. She does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here.
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