Sun Raid

Ester Hernandez (American, b. 1944)
Sheet : 28 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (72.39 x 56.52 cm)
Mat : 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 60.96 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Ester Hernandez was born in California into a farm worker family of Mexican/Yaqui Indian heritage. She studied anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley before becoming a professional artist in the 1970s. Hernandez quickly gained a strong reputation in the emerging Chicano Art movement for her mural paintings, posters and other artworks that celebrate Mexican American identity and culture. This print parodying the imagery of the famous Sun Maid raisin brand is one of several artworks created by Hernandez to draw attention to the exploitation of migrant farm workers in the United States. A large proportion of America’s fresh fruit and produce is harvested by migrant workers from Mexico and Central America, who typically work long hours, under difficult conditions, for low pay. Despite the vital role they play in our nation’s economy and food chain, these workers are highly vulnerable to unfair treatment and abuse, especially if they are undocumented immigrants.  

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