Year

04-2022


Category

Senior Capstone Exhibition


Medium

RISO


Specifications

11” x 17”
Set of 16


Project

We Were Here First


Posters have a long history of being used as mediums for protest, outcry, and self-expression, often utilizing more vernacular typography or imagery lacking the rigidity of design rules.

In my poster series, I express my conflicted emotions of being an undocumented immigrant in the United States as an individual of Indigenous descent to provide a perspective not commonly presented.

Although my ancestors were not originally from the modern United States, they were among the First Peoples of North America; before borders, countries, and racial castes.

Prior to the ruthless European invasion, Los Pueblos Originarios, or The First Peoples, had inhabited the continent for many thousands of years and today, their descendants are criminalized for crossing imaginary borders drawn on land our ancestors used to occupy freely.

Mexican and Central American immigrants of Indigenous origin may commit the crime of crossing borders unauthorized, but does it truly compare to the brutal colonization of our land and savage genocide of our people?

This RISO poster series is the capstone project of my Graphic Design BFA program, part of the NEIU Class of 2022 Senior Exhibitions.



Los Posters tienen una larga historia siendo medios de protesta, clamor, y auto-expresion, comunmente utilizando tipografia e imagenes un poco mas vernaculares, sin la rigidez de las leyes del diseño.

En mi serie de posters, expreso mis emociones conflictas con ser un inmigrante indocumentado en los EEUU, como persona de desendencia Indigena para proveer una perspectiva no comunmente presentada.

Aunque mis antepasados no haigan sido originarios de los EEUU de hoy, ellos fueron de entre los Pueblos Originarios de Norte America; antes de las fronteras, paises, y castas raciales.

Antes de la invasion despiadada Europea, Los Pueblos Originarios habitaban el continente por varios miles de años y hoy, sus decendientes somos criminalizados por cruzar fronteras imaginarias dibujadas sobre la tierra que nuestros ancestros ocupaban libremente.

Los inmigrantes Mexicanos y Centro-Americanos de origen Indigena podran cometer el crimen de cruzar fronteras inautorizadamente, pero a caso se compara a la colonizacion brutal de nuestras tierras y el genocidio salvaje de nuestros pueblos?

Esta serie de posters Risograficos son el proyecto culminal se my programa BFA en Diseño Grafico, parte de las Exibiciones de Señorio de la Clase 2022 de NEIU.




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