Migration Now

Drawing on a rich legacy of political posters and graphics, Migration Now features a series of handmade prints addressing a wide range of migrant issues—including the right to move freely—created in partnership with Justseeds.  We believe that art drives ideas home in a way that is unmatched by any other medium—movements soaked in art can bloom, grow more powerful, and establish deeper roots.  

Many of the artists involved in the Migration Now portfolio are students of the great traditions of political printmaking, such as Mexico’s Taller de Grafica Popular and the inflammatory street graphics of revolutionary France in 1968.  These graphic traditions certainly inform the works included here, which use migration as a lens to investigate themes related to race and culture, gender and sexuality, class and representation, economics, and the natural world.

In addition to the members of Justseeds—including Mexican Anarchist block-printer and muralist Santiago Armengod, Bay-Area Xicana activist and printmaker Melanie Cervantes, curator and propagandist Josh MacPhee, and University of Michigan professor Dylan Miner—participating artists include former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas, undocumented DREAM Act agitators Julio Salgado and Felipe Baeza, and Chinese-American visual artist and designer Imin Yeh. Others involved include renowned cartoonists, labor organizers, street-art provocateurs, and culture workers from across North America.  

This limited edition portfolio was commissioned in 2012 and consists of thirty-seven poster images, which can be viewed on the Migration Now website along with background information on the poster and artist.  All of the prints are available for free download as high-resolution PDFs or can be purchased as 12x18" prints on heavyweight paper from JustSeeds.

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