Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary visual artist and community organizer who merges her artistic practice with political activism. Through her bold, vivid artwork, she has become a leading voice in raising awareness about immigration, women’s issues, globalization and economic injustice.
She also directs an organization called Culture Strike that mobilizes creative people to support global immigration rights. As she says on her web site, “Favianna’s mission is to create profound and lasting social change in the world.”
In this episode of Art School, we visit Favianna in her West Oakland studio and talk with her about the genesis of her artistic interests and philosophy. Favianna also demonstrates two professional printmaking techniques, monotypes and linoleum block printing, that are central to her work.
For learners of all ages, use these videos about Lenora Lee and the following questions and ideas as a catalyst for discussion and creative activities.
Can art change the world? How can art help motivate positive social change?
Which social issues are most important to you, and how would you go about representing them in a drawing or print? How could you use symbolism to communicate your message?
Spend some time looking at Favianna’s art, then write a reflection about which elements of her work resonate with you.
Funding for coverage of arts that explore social issues is provided by the California Arts Council.