Ernesto Yerena

Ernesto Yerena Montejano was born in El Centro, California, a mid-sized farming town on the border of Mexicali, BC, MX. Fueled by his transnational education, his artistic practice reflects his observations of the views and interactions between Mexican communities living on both sides of the US-Mexico border. The artist shares stories of his identity conflicts which, according to him, are linked to what many Chicanos in these communities experience. Although Yerena identifies as Chicano, he also identifies strongly as a native / indigenous to this continent which is often seen in his work. Her work portrays her frustrations with oppression in her community as well as creating works of solidarity with the community in defense of dignity and rights. Through her cheeky images, the artist shines a light on political concerns with subjects that represent cultural icons, rebels and ordinary people expressing their stance against oppression. In 2008, Yerena created the Hecho Con Ganas publishing project in which he produces images of political and social consciousness that are produced in limited edition silkscreens. Widely recognized for her activism, Yerena is the founder and curator of the Alto Arizona Art campaign (2010) as well as a founding member of the We Are Human campaign (2009). Yerena has collaborated on many inspiring projects which include artists Zack de la Rocha, Shepard Fairey, Manu Chao, Ana Tijoux, Philip Lumbang, Jaque Fragua, Diane Ovalle, Chuck D and Mochilla.

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