In Art: Protest Tapestry

August 8, 2009

SelfHelp Graphics & Art (Los Angeles)
3802 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue


Saturday August 8, 2009, 16 years later, Femicides in Ciudad Juarez. Everyone is invited to participate in a day of art activism related to the femicides in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico . All ages and skill-levels are welcome to take part in the re-purposing a protest tapestry made by Rigo Maldonado. This tapestry was carried in 2004 by activist (from all over the world) who marched in a protest between the El Paso , Texas & Ciudad Juarez border. The banner comprised of 430 squares, represented the Juarez femicide count in 2004.

This day of community action presented by Self Help Graphics & Art will end in an evening performance dialogue that will feature social concern for the victims of Ciudad Juarez, whose deaths have found no resolution these past 16 years.

10:30am to 4pm – “Drop-in” to work on a protest panel
7pm – Viewing of work created on this day of community protest
7:30pm –Night of performance

Participation in this art activism day is free and we provide all the supplies. Contact Rigo at if you would like to be in the protest performance!

16 years later, Femicides in Ciudad Juarez is hosted by Rigo Maldonado and Victoria Delgadillo. In 2002, Rigo Maldonado and Victoria Delgadillo were part of an art activist group from Los Angeles that caravanned to Ciudad Juarez for a 3-day action that included a bi-national protest exhibit at El Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) Museum in Ciudad Juarez . Later that year, Rigo Maldonado and Victoria Delgadillo, co-curated the first internationally acknowledged exhibit on these femicides at the Social & Public Arts Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California. The exhibit was called Hijas de Juarez, and included 45 major artists and performers from the Los Angeles area. In 2003, Victoria Delgadillo & Rigo Maldonado’s written account on the curatory process for this exhibit was published in Aztlán, an Academic Chicano Journal, through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) press. The article was entitled “Journey to the Land of the Dead: A Conversation with the Curators of the Hijas de Juárez Exhibit”.

This day of protest art takes place at:
Self Help Graphics & Art
3802 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90063
Telephone : 323 881 6444
Email :

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