About the Conference Art

Favianna Rodriguez Giannoni
Photo by LadyTragik.com, 2010
  Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland, California. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Ju├írez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts.

Hailed as "visionary" and "ubiquitous," Rodriguez is renown for her vibrant posters dealing with issues such as war, immigration, globalization, and social movements. By creating lasting popular symbols—where each work is the multiplicand and its location the multiplier—her work interposes private and public space, as the art viewer becomes the participant carrying art beyond the borders of the museum.

Find out more about Favianna Rodriguez at www.favianna.com

From the artist's blog:

I just completed a new commission for the annual, upcoming Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) Conference, scheduled to take place in San Francisco, CA. The GIA website explains, "Funders are facing a landscape of unprecedented changes, and technology has accelerated both the pace and reach of these changes. The 2010 census is providing a look at the changing faces of our communities and the cultural forces that both bind and separate them. The 2011 GIA conference will meet at the intersection of art, technology, and social change."

This piece is precisely about that intersection. The characters in the piece are in reflection mode, working in collaboration as they practice their craft. In the background is a large circular network. The city landscape on the upper left is the city of San Francisco.