Corn People (2014)

Melanie Cervantes
15″ x 22″
7-Color, Hand pulled, Screenprint, Cougar Double Thick 160# Paper, Printed in San Leandro CA 2014

This print is called Corn People and is a reflection on the spiritual, cultural and material devastation that Genetically Modified “foods” like corn have on many populations through the Americas and the world. It presents a young boy holding on to our future and biodiversity as reflected in the corn in his hand.

This print was created for a portfolio called called Un-settling Alliances. It is a themed portfolio that was organized to debut at the Southern Graphics Council’s 42nd Annual Conference: Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation and Activism.

This portfolio brings together eleven artists of varied generations, backgrounds, and relationships to anti-colonialism to focus on connections and alliances across struggles for self-determination, decolonization, and collective liberation. Drawing from the work of printmakers who engage in social, political and cultural themes, this project hopes to visualize and build cross-movement relationships. The project  debuted at the 2014 SGCI conference in San Francisco in March.