Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Espita Mezcaleria & Swatchroom to Co-Host Charity Art Show

From our friends at Espita Mezcaleria...

Espita Mezcaleria & Swatchroom to Co-Host a Charity Art Show Fundraiser with Internationally Renowned Oaxacan Street Artists Yescka & César Chávez

Espita Mezcaleriathe newly opened Southern Mexican-inspired restaurant located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, will co-host a charity art show fundraiser with Swatchroom, a multi-disciplinary design + art + fabrication firm, on Monday, May 30th. Yescka, an internationally renowned Oaxacan street artist and founder of the political art collection ASARO (Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca) will be on hand along with fellow artist and active ASARO member, César Chávez, for this one-of-a-kind event. Yescka created the eye-catching, colorful murals at Espita Mezcaleria and Chávez design the T-shirts and menus for the restaurant, which opened in early March 2016.

On this particular evening, art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to purchase limited edition, signed prints from both highly acclaimed artists. 35 works on paper will be available, in a variety of sizes, with prices ranging from $80 to $500 each. Available prints include: "Autodefensa", "The Last Supper a la Mexicana", "The Rebels", and "Punk Frida." 100% of the sales from these prints will be donated to the charity student committee of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa based in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. Complimentary appetizers and beverages courtesy of Espita Mezcaleria will also be available. The event is free to attend, but interested parties are encouraged to RSVP at: kelly@espitadc.com.

WHEN: Monday, May 30th, from 6 PM to 9 PM.

WHERE: Swatchroom is located at 1527 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001. The multi-disciplinary design + art + fabrication firm is located four blocks from the Shaw-Howard Metro Station and four blocks from the Mt Vernon Square, 7th St-Convention Center Metro Station accessible on the Green and Yellow Lines. For additional information, please visit http://swatchroom.com. Additional information about Yescka can be found at: http://guerilla-art.mx/yescka/.

WHY: On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, the students commandeered several buses and traveled to Iguala that day to hold a protest at a conference led by the mayor's wife. During the journey local police intercepted them and a confrontation ensued. Details of what happened during and after the clash remain unclear, but the official investigation concluded that once the students were in custody, they were handed over to the local Guerreros Unidos ("United Warriors") crime syndicate and presumably killed. Mexican authorities claimed Iguala's mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez (es) and his wife María de los Ándeles Pineda Villa, masterminded the abduction. Over the past year, Yescka has created several public pieces to bring the tragedy of these 43 students to public light.