When I was in Oaxaco I was fortunate to meet Viktor Diaz and the Bemba Klan at the Estudio Cruz de Piedra gallery. They invited me to make a piece for one of their stencil shows, and I got to work and exhibit alongside many of the best young street artists in Oaxaca. I created this piece that expressed ironically my role as an outsider and satirized the many foreign tourists who throng the city.
A year later, during the people’s resistance movement that exploded in Oaxaca in response to brutal suppression of a teacher’s strike, the public artwork created by these stencil artists became one of the most visible manifestations of the struggle. I am honored to have shared a (quieter) moment of cultural exchange with them.