Artist Talk: Favianna Rodriguez

Art, Social Justice and the Radical Imaginary

Culture surrounds us all the time. It shapes our identity and forges our collective imagination.  How does art inspire new ways of thinking? How can art-based strategies strengthen our work? Join artist, Favianna Rodriguez as she shares examples of her visual art pieces, and discusses how art can inspire, educate, and help spur the imagination beyond the realms of what politics can do.

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 says on her web site, “Favianna’s mission is to create profound and lasting social change in the world.” Her residency will be hosted from September 21-25, 2015.

Artist Biography

Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence .  Rodriguez lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country. Favianna’s mission is to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Through her bold and provocative art, she has already touched the hearts and minds of millions.   In addition to her fine arts and community work, Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that’s visionary, inspirational, radical and, most importantly, transformational.  When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.

This residency has been organized by the Center for the Arts & Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. With Programming Partnerships with Latino/a Student Cultural Center, Social Justice Resource Center, Communication Studies Department, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, Lead360. Click here to view the direct link to the Artist in Residence site.