Las Panteras Negras: Cruzando Fronteras con Emory Douglas

El 15 de noviembre a las 7 p.m. en el espacio del Centro Hemisférico en FOMMA, Emory Douglas, el ministro de cultura de las Panteras Negras, presentó una ponencia sobre su trabajo como el artista oficial de dicho movimiento social estadounidense. Emory pasó la primera parte del mes de noviembre en San Cristóbal como artista en residencia en EDELO, un espacio artístico local, donde participó en una exposición artística colectiva en homenaje a su obra creativa; viajó a comunidades zapatistas (y pintó un mural en una de ellas) y se reunió con varias entidades locales para compartir experiencias e historias. Durante el evento del Centro, Emory presentó fotos de sus obras y de sus viajes a comunidades internacionales de las Panteras Negras; habló de las conexiones artísticas y políticas entre sus obras de los 60´s y 70´s y su obra contemporánea; y reflexionó sobre su experiencia en Chiapas durante una conversación con las 80 personas que asistieron a su ponencia.

Emory Douglas nació en Grand Rapids, Michigan (EEUU) y trabajó como el ministro de cultura del partido de las Panteras Negras desde 1967 hasta su disolución en los 80´s. Se presentó su arte gráfica en la mayoría de las ediciones del periódico “La Pantera Negra” (que tuvo una circulación de 139,000 ejemplares durante su popularidad máxima en 1970), el cual se ha convertido en una representación icónica de las luchas del partido durante los años 60´s y 70´s.

At 7 PM on November 15 in Centro Hemisférico en FOMMA, Emory Douglas, the Minister of Culture for the former Black Panther Party, presented a lecture on his work as the official artist of the American political and social movement. Emory spent the first part of November as an artist in residence at EDELO, a local arts space, where he participated in a collective art exhibition honoring his creative work; traveled to various Zapatista communities, even painting a mural in one of them; and met with various local entities to share stories and experiences. During the event coordinated by Centro, Emory presented photos of his artworks and of his trips to Black Panther communities around the world; spoke about the political and artistic connections between his work from the 1960s and 70s and his contemporary pieces; and reflected upon his experience in Chiapas while conversing with the 80 people who attended the event.

Emory Douglas was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until its dissolution in the 1980s. His graphic art was featured in the majority of issues of “The Black Panther” (a newspaper with a peak circulation of 139,000 in 1970) and has become an iconic representation of the party’s struggles during the 1960s and 1970s.

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Arte Acción is an interdisciplinary platform located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas that focuses on developing public performance programming and linking different social groups together in order to promote diverse forms of human development through diverse, continual activities geared towards increasing public awareness, personal reflection and the creation of artistic and political projects. It is a platform first developed with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in collaboration with Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (FOMMA), a theatre troupe of indigenous women. Arte Acción, encompasses public lectures, roundtables, performances, public actions and projections seeking to promote, present and archive performative practices as a social, cultural and political in it's collaboration and research with local, national, and international communities.