Latin American Studies ETDs

Publication Date

7-1-2014

Abstract

This thesis aims to address the ways in Oaxacan street artists frame alternative realities within art and interviews about their art. Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca or ASARO, is a revolutionary artist collective that currently works in Oaxaca Mexico. They place their art in publically accessible areas and comment on local, national and international social issues. Through ethnographic interviews and participant observation with members of ASARO along with critical discourse analysis of their images, I explore the ways getting up is accomplished. The combination of ethnographic field work paired with a critical approach deepens an understanding of what influences modern communication production through art in a marginalized area of Mexicos periphery. In this thesis ideas of art as transformative, legible, accessible are explored. Also Mexican local and global issues such as immigration, iconography, collective action, women's and human rights, exploitation of workers and natural resources are also analyzed within images created by ASARO.

Project Sponsors

Tinker Foundation. Institute for Latin American Studies. Office of Graduate Studies in the University of New Mexico. New Mexico Higher Education Department.

Language

English

Keywords

Mexico, Oaxaca (State), Graffiti, Printmaking, 21st Century Movements, Indigenous Movements, Political Violence, Social Justice, Youth Culture

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Latin American Studies

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Latin American Studies

First Advisor

Washington, Myra

First Committee Member (Chair)

Covarrubias, Patricia

Second Committee Member

Barnet-Sanchez, Holly

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