The Popular Movement in Oaxaca has its own artist movement, the Oaxacan Assembly of Revolutionary Artists (ASAR-O). A new exhibition at ABC No Rio in NYC brings together woodblock prints and stencil street art created by ASAR-O during the Oaxaca uprising.
ASAR-O was formed during the popular uprising that occurred in Oaxaca during the Summer and Fall of 2006. When police failed to remove striking teachers from the town zocalo, an impromptu citizen’s assembly was formed, the Asamblea Popular del Pueblo de Oaxaca (APPO). Artists took to the streets to communicate the demands of APPO and to help mobilize citizen support. Eyewitness accounts say that streets were covered in art and stencils supporting the uprising, much of which has now been removed and painted over by state officials trying to bury the memory of the popular revolt.
Show runs from April 26 to May 24.