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Memory is our Weapon (edit: postponed)

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note from b+:

3.11.11  Special Announcement : “Creating Memory is Our Weapon” Photo Exhibition Postponed.

It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of the “Creating Memory is our Weapon” Show at the Urban Sanctuary Gallery in Boyle Heights.  It had always been a dream of ours to have the show in Boyle Heights. Ten years ago we had shown the photographs at the great Frank Sosa’s space on Silverlake Blvd and it was a great honor to be able to bring the photos East, but sadly the local political terrain proved too complicated for it to happen at this time.  Two days ago it was brought to our attention that several local “artivists” had started a campaign online to boycott the show.  Apparently there has been some conflict locally with the management of Urban Sanctuary.  We have spent the past 48 hours trying to negotiate a settlement that would allow the show to continue – but in the end with threats looming and an extraordinary amount of anger being expressed we decided to postpone the show until we are able to honor the memory of the Marcha in a more clear environment.  It was never our intention to inflame local anger, to incite a boycott or indeed to put our constituency on any side of a local conflict.

Zappatismo has plenty to do with local conflicts but not in this way.

Please accept our humblest apologies if this in any way affects your plans for tonight.  Let me also take this opportunity to thank Azul 213, Rona Mercado and our own Rocio Contreras for the huge amount of work they put into this show.

We will all reap the rewards of this show in a less contentious space at a later date.

March 11th, 2011


213* & Mochilla are pleased to announce “La Marcha” photo exhibition. This show is the second in a three part series being curated by Azul 213 held at Urban Sanctuary Gallery in Boyle Heights on March 11th, 2011.

The Zapatistas March on Mexico City

On Feb. 25 2001, the leaders of the insurgent Indian people of Chiapas launched a two-week mass march on Mexico City to remobilize and extend mass support for the demands of those sections of the Mexican population who have suffered most from the world capitalist offensive-the indigenous peoples.

Twenty three commandantes and one sub-commandante left the autonomous mountains of South East Mexico to travel to the Federal District of Mexico City with three demands: 1. To seek approval of the Indigenous Bill of Rights. 2. To seek the withdrawal of seven military bases from indigenous land and 3. To seek the release of all remaining EZLN prisoners.

On the eleventh of March they walked onto a platform in the Zocalo (Mexico City’s picturesque town square) to see one million Mexicans cheer them and offer support and solidarity. Having secured the support of the National Indigenous Council, the Zapatistas took the city with delegates from forty four of Mexico’s fifty seven indigenous nations.


Photographs by B+ and COLEMAN

Opening Reception: March 11th, 7pm – 12am
Show Runs: March 11th – April 3rd

Urban Santuary : 2026 E 1st Street, Boyle Hieghts, CA 90033

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