Favianna Rodriguez: Artist in residence

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Qiao Mai, a Chinese writer once wrote, “Perhaps we all walk in an endless field, fighting alone with our destiny. Absolute darkness surrounds us, without a dim light of a single star. But ten seconds or ten years later, light is no longer invisible. It’s us, raising up the flames.” It is a perfect footnote for Favianna Rodriguez, who raises her flames bravely, fearlessly, bursting like fire.

The Multiverse of Identity, at Northeastern’s Gallery 360, features Rodriguez’s rarely exhibited abstract prints from Sept. 16 to Dec. 13. Some of the abstract prints include “Perfect Daydream,” ”Creatures of Earth” and “We Are the Storm We’ve Been Waiting For and Multiverse Possibility.”

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer and political activist.

She cares for immigration reform, gender equality, economic injustice. She also expresses voice for climate change, sexual freedom and global community. There must be endless strength inside her heart that endows Rodriguez the power to light the darkness in other people’s life.

Most time people may assume that artist has nothing to do with activist, since art is so romantic and politics appears to be practical. However, as Rodriguez always holds onto, she explores unconventional path to serve her purpose, to fill the emerging need. She fights for love, justice, humanity and all the beautiful words that should have existed for granted.

Guided by the purpose, Rodriguez’s products are simple, complicated and inspirational. She uses butterfly to reflect immigration issues, calling on the right that living beings have to freely move. Rodriguez’s tumblr said, “The butterfly includes a human profile, to uplift the resiliency, courage, and determination of migrants who come in search of their dreams.” She paints with the most sparkling colors to describe the heart-broken solitude. She draws a ton of wild lines and figures to represent “My Vagina, My orgasm, My Imagination.” Rodriguez indeed has a flair of imagination, which frees her from strangers’ assumptions and family’s expectations.

She started as a political poster designer in the struggles for racial justice. In 2013, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street, Rodriguez founded CultureStrike, a network of cultural workers that calls for meaningful immigration reform and new narratives surrounding migrants. Recently she created a new documentary series titled Migration is Beautiful, which redefines what it means to be an immigrant in America. She focuses on posters, canvases, videos and documentaries. She stays in studios, workshops, but also gives speech and connects with the world.

Rodriguez said, “I want to offer the viewer the choice to explore the spec­trum of what creativity can be.”









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