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20 Years After NAFTA, Many Worlds Are Possible

By EDELO Chiapas, Mexico

December 16, 2013


Caleb Duarte and Mia Eve Rollow from EDELO (En Donde Era La UNO/Where the United Nations Used to Be) explore the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement in Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state and the site of the Zapatista revolution sparked by the agreement.

December 15, 2013

Mexico was said to be one step away from entering the “First World.” It was December 1992, and Mexico’s then-president, Carlos Salinas, signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The global treaty came with major promises of economic development, driven by increased farm production and foreign investment, that would end emigration and eliminate poverty. But, as the environmentalist Gustavo Castro attests in our video, the results have been the complete opposite—increased emigration, hunger and poverty.


While the world was entertaining the idea of the end of times supposedly predicted by the Mayan calendar, on December 21, 2012, over 40,000 Mayan Zapatistas took to the streets to make their presence known in a March of Silence. The indigenous communities of Chiapas—Tzeltales, Tzotziles, Tojolobales, Choles, Zoques and Mames—began their mobilization from their five centers of government, which are called Caracoles. In silence they entered the fog of a December winter and occupied the same squares, in the same cities, that they had descended upon as ill-equipped rebels on January 1, 1994, the day NAFTA came into effect. read more...

In 2015 


Duarte and Mia Eve Rollow from EDELO Migrante became Artist Directors in rotation at the Red Poppy Art house in San Francisco CA completing a six month residency. 


In 2016 through 2017 he will create a residency supported by a grant from the Doris Duke Charadable Foundation at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley CA. Duarte will be working with unacompanied immigratn minors currenlty applying for asylum in Okaland Ca.


July 2O16

We are on our way!

With artist Emory Douglas, Edelo Nomada Migrante.

Caleb Duarte Mia Eve Rollow


July 24th to August 1st, 2016

CompArte Conference Zapatista Territory

To present Zapantera Negra


CompArte Arts Conference hosted by Zapatista communities in Oventic. We will present some of the work created in collaboration with artist Emory Douglas and Zapatisa communities in the past few years and share with Zapatista and international artist in creative exchange.


Help us purchase basic building and art supplies for the creation of collaborative moving sculptures.

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SEPTEMBER 25 - 27th. Talks at the University of New Mexico, Center for peace and Justice, Working Studios.

MAY 23 UC SANTA CRUZ Artist Talk.


Aril 25 2017 Vincent Price Art Museum.

A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas

April 25 – July 22, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 22, 5:00 – 7:00 pm


September - April 2017

*Commission for public work at Ray Reily Park in Fresno CA.

Parks and Rec. Fresno Arts Council.

*Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant. Lead Artist and artist resident at La Peña Cultural Center working with Central American Youth refugees.


October 2016

*California Arts Council Grant to organize and participate in the First Bay Area Mural Festival.

*Doris Duke three day retreat in NY. Conferance on Building Demand.  

*Zapantera Negra, Odyssey, Book Publication, Common Notions Publishing NY.

*Presenting at 50th Black Panther Anniversary with Emory Douglas, Oakland Museum of California.


Novemeber 2016

*Fresno State University Public Art piece, lecture and M Gallery exhibition.


December 2016

*Present at the National Afro Mexican Diaspora Conference in San Cristobal de Las Casas Chiapas MX. To present Zapantera Negra with Emory Douglas and organize a community performance with Autonomous indigenous community and Afro Mexicans from around the country.


Dontate to support Duartes work here. Thank you.







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Doris Duke Fewllowship- Architectural intervention with Central American refugees. "Daughters of a Syrian Paradise" at the Embassy of Central American Refugees.

Fresno Arts Council Commission proposal. Hand made tile relief to cover cement structures.

To present Zapantera Negra Dec. 2016. Afro Mexican Conferance. CHiapas MX.

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Zapantera Negra:

An Artistic Encounter Between the Black Panthers and the Zapatistas








“Zapantera Negra is an incredible endeavor, the depth of which is not often found in social practice: a direct and embodied connection between a key actor in a major social movement in US history (the Black Panthers) and the people of Chiapas, carrying the legacy and expressions of an equally revolutionary struggle in Mexico (the Zapatistas), some thirty years apart. The subtlety and complexity of this project, and its implications for a globally engaged arts-based activism is truly impressive.”


—Suzanne Lacy, artist and author of Leaving Art and Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art


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December 2016


I will be driving a sculpture of Leonard Peltier (Artist Rigo 23) to Standing Rock and to Washington DC for Indigenous Rights and Clemency for Leonard Peltier - December 4th to the 10th.  


Click Image for link.  Clik here for Indigenous Rights and Clemency for Leonard Peltier events.


I will be taking the feet of the sculpture from Standing Rock to the white house. Here is a link to the project.


We leave Wednesday November 30th from the Bay Area, reaching Pine Ridge to pick up Tom Poor Bear, then to Standing Rock for two days to have community stand on Leonards feet. Tom Poor Bear Joins me to DC. The goal is to arrive in DC by Wednesday the 7th for the unavailing of the sculpture and for the Candle vigil at the White House. We will drive back to Standing Rock through out the winter. More details for those interested. Please share with trusted friends! If you wish to donate either directly to Standing Rock follow this link





STANDING ROCK Leonard Peltier
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*Awarded the 2019 Creative Capital award

*Perofmance and work at YBCA for Suzan Lacy Retrospective.

*Artist Resident at The Internet Archive, 2019

*Published in Radical Historical Reveiw, Duke University Press.

*Got a "real Job" as Tenure Track Professor of Sculpture at    

 Fresno City College!:Sigh*