La Autonomia es la Vida, la Sumisión es la Muerte: A Celebration of 20 Years of the Zapatistas and the Autonomous Communities of Mexico


May 22 – August 3, 2014

Opening: May 22, 2014

Organized by Melissa Forbis and Kevin Caplicki
Interference Archive presents La Autonomía es la Vida, la Sumisión es la Muerte (Autonomy is Life, Submission is Death) a graphic art portfolio, produced by Convergencia Grafica MALLA and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. This exhibition honors the 520 years of struggle of the indigenous peoples of Mexico against genocide and for self-determination and autonomy through a celebration of the 20 years of the Zapatista movement’s resistance against the Mexican state and global capitalism.
The portfolio was produced in the spirit of solidarity with the Zapatista movement and with the many autonomous communities in Mexico. The twenty artists who produced imagery inspired by these struggles for autonomy, and by the new political horizons opened by the resistant acts of speaking and listening that emerged after the uprising on January 1, 1994. The artists offer their work as a starting point to reflect on the power of those struggles, and to spark a shared conversation about what this autonomous theorizing and practice can offer us as we walk together toward a new world.
Participating artists include: Argelia Leodegario, Bec Young, Elizabeth Mota, Fernando Martí, Gandhi Noyola, Iseo Noyola, Jaime Villarreal, Jesús Barraza, Joel Martínez, Kevin Caplicki, Lilian Guigue, Lucía Vidales, Mariana Sasso, Marshall Weber, Mazatl, Melanie Cervantes, Roger Peet, Salvador Alba, Thea Gahr, Yobany Mendoza.
A schedule of public programs will accompany this exhibition, including film screenings, discussions, and readings. Please check back here for a full list. As of now, the following events are scheduled:
Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Zapatistas’ Revolution: 20 Years of Building Autonomy: Interference Archive will host a salon to celebrate the moment 20 years ago when the Zapatistas rose up to challenge the Mexican state and global capitalism, reminding us that “another world was possible.” For most, the word Zapatista conjures images of masked rebels in the in the jungle. Although the real revolution of everyday Zapatista life is less glamorous, it is more far-reaching.
Long-term activists will share their experiences working with the Zapatistas in solidarity and on community projects since 1994. They will lead a discussion on the years since the uprising–with a focus on the ways that the Zapatistas have put their ideas into practice by creating alternative governance in the form of autonomy.
In what ways can we say the Zapatista uprising has been a success and what have they achieved — locally, nationally, and globally?
Join us for this critical reflection of one of the most important revolutionary political formations of recent years.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Film Screening: Corazon del Tiempo. 2009 (90 min)
A young woman in the southern Mexican region of Chiapas falls for a revolutionary fighting in the Zapatista conflict.
At Interference Archive.
This exhibition is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Funding for this exhibition also comes in part from the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute‘s Social Justice Fund.

Exhibition Dates

May 22, 2014

August 3, 2014