Celebrando 25 Años (2014)

It was during my senior year of high school in 1994 when I first read about the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas in an article in La Voz de Berkeley. Learning about an indigenous uprising that challenged the Mexican government really blew my world, everything that I was reading about third world struggles in the past was coming to life in front of my eyes. This movement helped shape my world view and has been a big inspiration for the artwork that I create. As we celebrate 20 years of this uprising it is amazing to see what they have accomplished when being faced with a governments that would like to see them wiped off the face of the earth. Their movement has been slow but it continues and the autonomous communities they have created give me hope for a world where we can live outside of the confines of capitalism.

¡Que Viva el movimiento Zapatista!

ARTIST: Jesus Barraza