Monday, April 23, 2007

Viva La Celebracion, the series of images from the mexican revolution by Jerrel Sustaita

In 1910 civil war erupted in Mexico. In a decade long struggle, more than a million men died fighting for their freedom. Ragged peasant armies lead by personalities like Emiliano Zapata and General Pancho Villa rose up in defiance of exploitation and corruption. They made their way into history, legend, songs and stories.

Those whose deeds we call revolutionary, were farmers, ranchers, husbands, wives and children. Not unlike you or I, they desired peace, liberty and the freedom to prosper pursuing their dreams and their passions.

“Through photographs I have sees wrapped in the shell of humanity, the spirit of revolution and the will to survive peering intently from tired eyes.”

With this collection of works, I honor the lives and struggle of these men, women and children. — Jerrel Sustaita
“It is better to die on one’s feet, than to live on one’s knees.” — Emiliano Zapata

See this series in it’s entirety for the first time in a special event to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, beginning with the unveiling of Viva la Vida by Sandy Stein, a public art project commissioned by the city of Dallas at 5:30pm, Register to win in the hourly drawings and door prizes; including an original oil painting. Flamenco dance will be provided by the Daniel de Cordoba flamenco troop beginning at 6pm. And later enjoy the classical instrumentations of Dallas’ own Carlo Pezzimenti as he performs a very special set, at 8pm. Doors to the Ice House Cultural Center will open at 1pm, Saturday May 5, 2007. We welcome the community to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with The City of Dallas office of Cultural Affairs.
The Ice House Cultural Center is part of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and is sponsored in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts and Target Stores.
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