Castro, Rene.

San Francisco: La Raza Graphics, 1982. 23x17.5 in. silkscreen print, multi-color Very Good An original silkscreen produced at La Raza Graphics in San Francisco Mission District Neighborhood in 1982, on the cusp of a major paradigm shift for the storied institution. La Raza Graphics evolved from La Raza Information Center which provided a number of social services, and worked closely with the defense committee of "Los Siete"; seven Latino youths falsely accused of shooting a police officer. Eventually, the milieu of expats, refugees and activists turned to art as a means of supplementing their efforts that focused on the concerns of the local community. Rene Castro was on of the artists who made extensive use of the silkscreen shop and this work clearly draws inspiration from his experiences as a political prisoner in Pinochet's Chile. He pays homage to four important dates: the September 11 coup, the assassination of economist and socialist Orlando Letelier by DINA, the death of Pablo Neruda and the execution of Che Guevara in Bolivia. This would have been one of the last silkscreens produced at La Raza Graphics before it shifted to offset printing and with a focus on job training. Signed and dated by Castro (Item ID: 164533)


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