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“Somos de Maiz” Melanie Cervantes, 13 x 19 inches, 5 - Color, Handmade Screenprint on Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013 In 2003 during my final year studying at UC Berkeley a Professor in the Microbial Ecology in the Department of Environmental Science, Ignacio Chapela,  was denied tenure. David Quist, a graduate student at the time and Chapela had co-authored an article, two years earlier,  about how genetically modified corn from the U.S. was being dumped into the Mexican market and contaminating native maíz crops. During the “final” days of his contract he held office hours, day and night, outside the doors of California Hall (which houses the university administration’s offices). My roommate cooked Chapela dinner and we came out to support his struggle…
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melaniecervantes:

“Somos de Maiz” Melanie Cervantes, 13 x 19 inches, 5 - Color, Handmade Screenprint on Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013
 
In 2003 during my final year studying at UC Berkeley a Professor in the Microbial Ecology in the Department of Environmental Science, Ignacio Chapela,  was denied tenure. David Quist, a graduate student at the time and Chapela had co-authored an article, two years earlier,  about how genetically modified corn from the U.S. was being dumped into the Mexican market and contaminating native maíz crops. During the “final” days of his contract he held office hours, day and night, outside the doors of California Hall (which houses the university administration’s offices). My roommate cooked Chapela dinner and we came out to support his struggle…

Read more here:bit.ly/YFxyRZ

melaniecervantes:

“Somos de Maiz” Melanie Cervantes, 13 x 19 inches, 5 - Color, Handmade Screenprint on Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013 In 2003 during my final year studying at UC Berkeley a Professor in the Microbial Ecology in the Department of Environmental Science, Ignacio Chapela,  was denied tenure. David Quist, a graduate student at the time and Chapela had co-authored an article, two years earlier,  about how genetically modified corn from the U.S. was being dumped into the Mexican market and contaminating native maíz crops. During the “final” days of his contract he held office hours, day and night, outside the doors of California Hall (which houses the university administration’s offices). My roommate cooked Chapela dinner and we came out to support his struggle…
Read more here:bit.ly/YFxyRZ

melaniecervantes:

“Somos de Maiz” Melanie Cervantes, 13 x 19 inches, 5 - Color, Handmade Screenprint on Heavyweight White Archival Paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2013
 
In 2003 during my final year studying at UC Berkeley a Professor in the Microbial Ecology in the Department of Environmental Science, Ignacio Chapela,  was denied tenure. David Quist, a graduate student at the time and Chapela had co-authored an article, two years earlier,  about how genetically modified corn from the U.S. was being dumped into the Mexican market and contaminating native maíz crops. During the “final” days of his contract he held office hours, day and night, outside the doors of California Hall (which houses the university administration’s offices). My roommate cooked Chapela dinner and we came out to support his struggle…

Read more here:bit.ly/YFxyRZ

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Maya Escobar is a performance artist, Internet curator, and editor. She uses the web as a platform for engaging in critical community dialogues that concern processes by which identities are socially and culturally constructed. She performs multiple identities, sampling widely from online representations of existing cultural discourses. Her identifications as a Latina-Jewish artist, dyslexic blogger, fitness enthusiast, activist and educator are indexed by the blogs she keeps, the visual and textual links she posts, the books, articles, and blog posts she cites, the public comments she leaves, and the groups she joins.

Escobar received her MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited work in Spain, Guatemala, United States, Germany, Venezuela, and Chile.

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