Dignidad Rebelde: In the Spirit of the Living and the Dead
Michigan State University Museum
In the Spirit of the Living and the Dead is Dignidad Rebelde’s first solo exhibition held outside California. Curated by Prof. Dylan AT Miner, the exhibition focuses on images of popular resistance as told through the beautifully rendered serigraphs created by the graphic arts collaboration between Oakland-based artists Melanie Cervantes and Jesús Barraza. Emerging from the everyday struggles of Raza and Indigenous peoples, Dignidad Rebelde produces art intended to transform people’s stories into a radical visual language which is then returned to those who initially inspired it. Working primarily as poster artists, Dignidad Rebelde continues an important artistic tradition deeply rooted in popular social movements throughout the Americas. In the Spirit of the Living and the Dead celebrates individual and collective struggle by highlighting the stories of resistance and survival. By celebrating survival, Dignidad Rebelde reminds us of the long and beautiful ability of humans to resist oppression and marginalization.