Dewey Tafoya, Los tenis de Cuauhtémoc, 2018

Dewey Tafoya, Los tenis de Cuauhtémoc, 2018


Dewey Tafoya
Los tenis de Cuauhtémoc , 2018
serigraph, Ed. 85
30 x 22” - paper size


Los tenis de Cuauhtémoc is Self Help Graphics & Art’s 2018 Día  del los Muertos commemorative print designed and published by artist in residence Dewey Tafoya. Los tenis de Cuauhtémoc depicts Cortez-type tenis shoes hanging from an invisible wire. The shoes have been decolonized and reclaimed by Cuauhtémoc. They symbolize the barrio, decolonization, resilience and the burning of Cuauhtémoc’s feet.

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About Dewey:

Growing up in an era of nightly helicopter malathion spraying, police street sweeps, punk rock and oldies, Dewey Tafoya is a visual artist and screen printer. Growing up in Boyle Heights, Deweyʼs work is heavily influenced by the urban landscapes, cultures and communities of inner city Los Angeles. Often using satirical humor, much of Deweyʼs work tends to deconstruct historical contexts and then reconstruct them from the view point of the oppressed and/or the under represented. As a teaching artist, Dewey has been a part of the Self Help Graphics & Art Dia de los Muertos community arts workshops for the past decade.  As an artist in residence, Dewey currently teaches a monthly DIY screen printing workshop, as well as providing mobile art workshops for the organization as part of the Barrio Mobile Arts Studio (BMAS). Dewey has also been a part of the City of Los Angelesʼs Summer Night Lights program for the past several years providing screen printing workshops for the youth in the communities of Watts and South Los Angeles, and is also currently working with teens in continuation high schools.