19 x 25 – 3 color, Handmade Screen Print
Coventry Rag, Printed in San Leandro, 2004
I originally made this back in 2001 and it was one of the first prints I designed as part of a project to create images of people who had been political prisoners. It included portraits of Ricardo Flores Magon from Mexico, Captain Jack of the Modoc people and Steve Biko from South Africa. My intention was to capture them at the time they were incarcerated by the State. In the case of Captain Jack, a mugshot of his was used after his hair had been cut when he went to jail. I was also influenced more by the Chican@ Art Movement, specifically Rupert Garcia whose iconic posters from the 70s were the original inspiration to make silk screen posters.
Angela Davis was an active member of the Black Panther Party and the Communist Party, USA. She is best known for her participation in a failed attempt to free the Soledad Brothers, which she was later put on the FBI’s most wanted list for her participation. After her trial and release Davis continued working as a university professor as well as work as a prison abolitionist to change to end the Prison Industrial Complex.