Reception for September Artists This Saturday

Cycles for Change is excited to announce the September artists featured in our Minneapolis shop: Constanza De La O Carballo and Kenneth Antonio Rivera, and their show, Monarchildren.

This exhibit is a series of paintings highlighting the particular plight of children within the current global human migration crises.

Please join us at Cycles for Change Minneapolis this Saturday, September 8 from 5:00-7:00pm to celebrate Monarchildren on the day of the 10th annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival!

Meet the artists behind the work–they’ll have prints for sale and we’ll have snacks and drinks. This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

More about the art:

Monarchildren: The migration eco-system

The migration of the monarch butterflies, shows us that movement of all living things across the globe is essential to its survival.

This exhibit is a series of paintings highlighting the particular plight of children within the current global human migration crises. On every continent, developed countries have put up physical, legal, and bureaucratic borders to stop people from developing countries entering their nation. We have become international gated communities that want to pretend the suffering of others outside our walls is not our concern. We hoard our wealth and privilege while ignoring that this very wealth and these privileges have been obtained at the expense of the people we want to keep out. For hundreds of years, we have robbed these countries of their natural resources, sold them our weapons, meddled in their governments, and crippled them with debt. And in our wake, we have left them with war, famine, extreme poverty, political instability, and ruthless dictators. Now across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia, we have people in their millions trying to escape the devastation we have caused, knocking on the gates of our borders asking for help.

Migration of the monarch butterfly shows us that movement of all living beings across the globe is essential to its survival. Migration is a critical component of our environmental eco-system. We have created the monarchildren to show that it is also essential to our social,
economic, and political eco-system that human beings be allowed to migrate. It is a human right, and it is only the very least of what wealthy nations owe to the people of the developing world.