Favianna Rodriguez

Photo by Charlie Villyard / Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

On the May 11th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about art and activism in the digital age. 


Turning down 23rd Avenue towards International Boulevard, I see the words “Culture is a weapon” painted the side of a building wall.


Shifting narratives through art and activism

Mar 10, 2016
Courtesy of Favianna Rodriguez

Visual artist and cultural organizer Favianna Rodriguez grew up in the Fruitvale district in East Oakland, far from her parents’ native Peru. She says she wants to change how immigrants and other marginalized groups are portrayed so that the full spectrum of people's stories can be shown. 

Courtesy of the artist/ Resized and cropped

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Favianna Rodriguez:  visual artist, activist, and cultural organizer. Her work will be featured in the new exhibition Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism, opening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF on March 11th.


When you walk around town, you’re sure to see large posters pasted to construction sites and the sides of buildings. Many are advertisements for movies, records, or cars. Occasionally, you’ll see a poster that isn’t selling anything: It may be there to rally people for a demonstration or make a point about affordable health care. But no matter what the intentions of the poster are, these pieces of public art draw mixed reviews from political artists, store-owners, and city workers. 


Ask artist Favianna Rodriguez to describe the food she grew up eating in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, and her response is akin to poetry.

“It’s two tortillas,” she says. “They’re soaked in a little bit of grease ... you have some carne asada and you just bite into them and you can taste the simplicity of a good taco.”

The Spot 7/24/2014

Jul 24, 2014