1. Your Dollar Has A Death Toll. #nafta #immigration

     

  2. Humble Homenaje - Part I

    I’ve taken a while to publish this post because I’m still short of words when talking about this experience. I was humbled to have an image I created in honor of Jose Montoya, the legendary Chicano poet and one of the founders of the Royal Chicano Air Force. Jose has always been a consistent inspiration for my work and life as a creator and activist. I’m deeply grateful to Richard Montoya and the Montoya family for warm welcome and support of my work. I’m also very grateful to collaborate with photographers Natalia Gonzalez and Hector Gonzalez, a dedicated documentarian of the Chicano Movement. The images in this print are inspired by photos from these two photographers. This serigraph was printed at Modern Multiples in Downtown LA with master printers Ivan Josue Alpuche and Richard Duardo, another inspiring creator, printer and community supporter. The Modern Multiples family was amazing to work with. I was also blown away by a surprise visit from one of my favorite artist John Valadez. And if this experience couldn’t get more surreal I made a road trip to Sacramento for a memorial celebrating Jose’s life and work at the Crest Theatre. 

    The energy at this event was high with the spirit. Dolores Huerta, Edward James Olmos, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Malaquîas Montoya (Jose’s brother), Ana Castillo, Louie The Foot, Rene Yañez, Paul Chavez & Arturo Rodriguez, Circulo de Hombres, National Compadre Network were amongst many other hard working community members, organizations, activists, artists, poets, and spiritual leaders in attendance to honor Jose Montoya, The General. 

    After the memorial I was blessed to finally meet Melanie Cervantes & Jesus Barraza, two creators and activist that I greatly respect and look to for inspiration. These two are on the front lines of many national and international social justice efforts. They create powerful work for their community and work hard for change. In addition to putting me up for a night, Melanie and Jesus also invited me to attend a printmaking workshop at TANA in Woodland near UC Davis with Malaquias Montoya. This was another inspiring experience to see the community space established by Malaquias, his son Maceo, and Carlos Francisco Jackson. I’ll have more photos and videos following this post about these other encounters. 

    I was grateful for the shout out Richard Montoya gave me in talking about this event and his other powerful work, including a recent film he wrote & directed, Water & Power. His interview can be found here: Richard Montoya - Words On A Wire Interview

    I’m still struggling to understand this experience but I know it has changed and inspired me. I’m humbled and grateful for these blessings.

     
  3. Excerpts. #newwork #migration #muerto #fronterafuture #offering www.zpvisual.com

     
  4. For the past couple years i’ve been doing work for Scientific Soul Sessions in NY. I’ve helped them with designs and graphics.

    They are currently heading efforts along with The Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz to liberate a political prisoner that was held in solitary confinement for 22 years. Maroon is an author with revolutionary ideas for prefiguring a new society. Support & Info: www.scientificsoulsessions.com
    #free #politicalprisoners #maroon #solitaryconfinement #revolutionary #matriarchy

     

  5. Free Maroon


    For the past couple years i’ve been working with Scientific Soul Sessions in New York. I’ve helped them with designing their website and creating graphics for their campaigns and sessions. 

    They are currently heading efforts along with The Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz to liberate a political prisoner that was held in solitary confinement for 23 years! Maroon is an author with revolutionary ideas for prefiguring a new society.

    Info about Maroon from the SSS website:

    Russell Maroon Shoatz is a senior citizen, grandfather & great-grandfather, a human rights advocate, & published author. He was originally imprisoned in January 1972, after years of playing a leading role in the Black freedom movement of his native Philadelphia, PA. As was an endemic pattern during the 1960s & 70s, prominent community organizers doing civil and human rights work were prime targets of the FBI’s illegal Counter-Intellience Program (COINTELPRO), with special focus on Dr. Martin Luther Jr., Malcolm X, and the Black Panthers — which Shoatz was a member of at the time. He has been held for 23 years in solitary confinement. Such “prolonged” solitary confinement is a violation of the United Nations Convention Against Torture, according to UN Special Rapporteur Juan E. Mendez. He must be released immediately from this arbitrary & unjust torture.

    I encourage everyone to visit www.scientificsoulsessions.com to get information on their efforts and how to support the Free Maroon Campaign. And to get a copy of Maroon The Implacable The Collected Writings: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=541.

     

  6. Free Maroon


    For the past couple years i’ve been working with Scientific Soul Sessions in New York. I’ve helped them with designing their website and creating graphics for their campaigns and sessions. 

    They are currently heading efforts along with The Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz to liberate a political prisoner that was held in solitary confinement for 23 years! Maroon is an author with revolutionary ideas for prefiguring a new society.

    Info about Maroon from the SSS website:

    Russell Maroon Shoatz is a senior citizen, grandfather & great-grandfather, a human rights advocate, & published author. He was originally imprisoned in January 1972, after years of playing a leading role in the Black freedom movement of his native Philadelphia, PA. As was an endemic pattern during the 1960s & 70s, prominent community organizers doing civil and human rights work were prime targets of the FBI’s illegal Counter-Intellience Program (COINTELPRO), with special focus on Dr. Martin Luther Jr., Malcolm X, and the Black Panthers — which Shoatz was a member of at the time. He has been held for 23 years in solitary confinement. Such “prolonged” solitary confinement is a violation of the United Nations Convention Against Torture, according to UN Special Rapporteur Juan E. Mendez. He must be released immediately from this arbitrary & unjust torture.

    I encourage everyone to visit www.scientificsoulsessions.com to get information on their efforts and how to support the Free Maroon Campaign. And to get a copy of Maroon The Implacable The Collected Writings: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=541.

     

  7. Ritual for the Massacred


    This video from 2008 shows the process of adorning a ceramic skull as an offering to the indigenous American people massacred upon colonial contact and those that continue to be killed today from the reverberation of colonialsim. It is a ritual for the passing of those spirits that had no ritual to send them to the other side. A symbolic death ritual.

    Video shot & chop by ZP (me)  |  Audio by Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez aka Eureka the Butcher

     

  8. Their Shadows in the Streets


    I think of this short experimental video as a visual prose about the femicide (female homicides) in Juaréz Chih. MX. I imagine their spirit lingering in the streets alone and haunting. Also how these spirits no longer have borders and wander here in the United States as well.  The locations are discarded in the same way this issue has been pushed to the periphery, a history buried in dirt. 

    This video, initiated in 2008, was made in collaboration with actress Rebecca Rivas from El Paso, TX and producer Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez aka Eureka the Butcher. The process was quick and centered on the spirit of experimentation using practical locations and lighting. The editing process has taken a long time but I’m glad to finish this simple and humble video.  

    Ni una mås. 

     

  9. Their Shadows in the Streets


    I think of this short experimental video as a visual prose about the femicide (female homicides) in Juaréz Chih. MX. I imagine their spirit lingering in the streets alone and haunting. Also how these spirits no longer have borders and wander here in the United States as well.  The locations are discarded in the same way this issue has been pushed to the periphery, a history buried in dirt. 

    This video, initiated in 2008, was made in collaboration with actress Rebecca Rivas from El Paso, TX and producer Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez aka Eureka the Butcher. The process was quick and centered on the spirit of experimentation using practical locations and lighting. The editing process has taken a long time but I’m glad to finish this simple and humble video.  

    Ni una mås. 

     

  10. Their Shadows in the Streets


    I think of this short experimental video as a visual prose about the femicide (female homicides) in Juaréz Chih. MX. I imagine their spirit lingering in the streets alone and haunting. Also how these spirits no longer have borders and wander here in the United States as well.  The locations are discarded in the same way this issue has been pushed to the periphery, a history buried in dirt. 

    This video, initiated in 2008, was made in collaboration with actress Rebecca Rivas from El Paso, TX and producer Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez aka Eureka the Butcher. The process was quick and centered on the spirit of experimentation using practical locations and lighting. The editing process has taken a long time but I’m glad to finish this simple and humble video.  

    Ni una mås.