image, 19 3/4 x 15in (50.2 x 38.1cm)
Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo
A variation on the boxed-raisin brand, Ester Hernandez’s satirical image and wordplay delivers a cautionary message about toxic chemicals in the harvesting of grapes, as well as the danger of being targeted for deportation by immigration raids. The skeletal figure smiles through the box label, forging ahead with the essential role of feeding communities, even in times of persecution and pandemics.
Hernandez is a San Francisco-based artist informed by the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s—a call for equality from the Mexican-American community manifested in labor rights struggles, health, and education reforms, and communicated through activist art and graphics.
Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection; Carlos Francisco Jackson (American, b.1978), Lyle W. Williams; 2012; p. 40, 145
Ester Hernandez (American, b.1944)