In Conjunction with the Mission Arts & Performance Project,

the Red Poppy Art House & EDELO Present: 

YESCKA: A Visual Encounter of the Socio-Political & Artistic Languages Rising from the Streets of Oaxaca Mexico

YESCKA MAPPAs part of the programming for the April 4th MAPP, The Red Poppy Art House collaborates with EDELO (En Donde Era La ONU ‘Where the United Nations Used to Be’) for the inauguration ofYESCKA: A Visual Encounter of the Socio-Political & Artistic Languages Rising from the Streets of Oaxaca Mexico. The Poppy will exhibit the works of street artist Yescka for an evening of critical engagement in societal matters.

Yescka started to make graffiti at the age of fifteen, later attending a college of art where he began to combine fine arts with street art. In 2006, there was a strong social and political movement in his state of Oaxaca. This urged him to communicate what was going on by revealing all the violence and experiences through art. At that point, Yescka, along with other artists from his city, founded a collective called ASARO, short for Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca. They started to use their works to criticize the social and political situation in an attempt to re-integrate art into society.

In 2011, Yescka also founded, a German-Mexican street art collective consisting of street artists and filmmakers. Born from the wish to spread intercultural art, the collective has successfully organized project trips and exhibitions, and has contributed to numerous street art festivals throughout Mexico, Germany, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain. These art projects question and take a critical look at our society. The observer is called upon to actively consider issues and injustices, thus preventing himself from becoming a mere consumer. Film documentation and fruitful collaborations with local artists play a central role in traveling with the collective.

“I feel that art right now is standing outside society because it belongs to a limited sector of galleries, intellectuals and museums. I believe, art is for everybody and that’s why we’re trying to create a link, so that the people can get in touch with art in their everyday lives again.” Yescka

View the works of Yescka and the collective here.

Learn more about EDELO and its founders here.

More about the MAPP: Community Engaged Arts Presenting

Launched in 2003, the Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP) is a homegrown bi-monthly, multidisciplinary, unruly intercultural happening that takes place in the Mission District of San Francisco. The MAPP has produced over 65 neighborhood-level arts festivals since its inception.

MAPP is not an “art walk.” Instead, it’s a collage of 10-20 odd spaces transformed into micro art centers, focused on intimate artistic and cultural exchange among people. It was founded with some of the same organizational principles as the Red Poppy Art House (which still enthusiastically participates inMAPP as a neighborhood hub) as they both rely on the energy of the surrounding community, and operate with the help of many volunteers. Placing art and performance on the street level, MAPP utilizes such alternative spaces as private garages, gardens, living rooms, studios, street corners, and small businesses. At its heart, the MAPP shows how ordinary spaces can be made extra-ordinary through creative techniques.

The MAPP also beautifully demonstrates how individuals in a community in partnership with one another can create an integrated arts festival that does not require an expansive budget or commercial marketing strategies, but can happen through the inspired efforts of artists and community members working together with a unified and inclusive vision.

Part of the charm of the MAPP is that you never know quite what’s going to happen until you get there! This innovative platform allows serendipitous connections to emerge organically across visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, playwrights, and other artists, community organizers and local residents. However, adopting this platform also means sometimes not all of the most up-to-date information is available ahead of time. The point is to arrive and embrace the adventure. Plus, you’ll get a program (with an actual map) to navigate the event.

The MAPP takes place the first Saturday of the month on a bimonthly basis. It is a free event, which means all locations do not charge cover. And all the performers, artists, organizers and venues create this event out of pure love for the art and community. MAPP is always in need of support and we would love to have your ideas and energy.

For more information or to get involved as a host venue, artist or street-level curator (and curate a space of your own!), please come out to the next MAPPmeeting. For information contact:

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