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Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the United States at the intersection of art, social justice and cultural equity. Her artistic practices include social practice, visual art, arts advocacy and institution building. Rodriguez collaborates deeply with social movements to co-create cultural strategies that are resilient and transformative. She is the founder and president of The Center for Cultural Power (formerly CultureStrike), a national arts organization that empowers artists to dream big, disrupt the status quo, and envision a truly just world rooted in shared humanity. In 2012, she was featured in a documentary series by Pharrell Williams titled “Migration is Beautiful” which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policy in the United States. In 2016, she received the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship for her work around mass incarceration. In 2018, she received the SOROS Equity Fellowship for her work around racial justice and cultural change. Recently she has been organizing with artists in the entertainment industry through 5050by2020.com to build an intersectional artist power movement.

Favianna Rodriguez



Warehouse, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA


"These collage prints represent the core pillars of a vision for Gender Justice. We are in the midst of a cultural shift, as survivors are sharing their stories through the #MeToo movement and cracking open conversations about gender. Survivors are courageously taking aim at the structures that normalize abuse and oppression, particularly towards woman and transgender people. As artists and cultural workers, we have the ability to visualize the YES of Gender Justice. 

We know what we are against - sexual abuse and gender-based violence - but we must also provide alternatives to said behaviors by focusing on the YES. Our culture urgently needs new images, stories and practices to counter ingrained social behavioral patterns and systems. We must build POWER to challenge the domination of cis hetero white males. We must work toward EQUITY to ensure that all genders have the ability to thrive, belong and be safe. And we need communal practices of REPAIR to support those who have been harmed by gender violence, and hold accountable those who have inflicted the harm."

My Activation Artists/Performers Sessions

Thursday, February 27

2:00pm PST

Friday, February 28

8:00am PST

Saturday, February 29

8:00am PST

Sunday, March 1

8:00am PST


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