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Our True History

21st Century
44 x 30 in. (111.8 x 76.2 cm)

Ernesto Yerena, American, b. 1986

Object Type: MIXED MEDIA
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Spray paint, stencil, and collage on paper
Credit Line: Purchased with funds provided by the Art Angels
Accession Number: 13-MM-18

Label from Border Crossings: Immigration in Contemporary Prints, La Salle University Art Museum, March 16 - June 9, 2016:

Cheyenne is a strong young woman with a strong sense of identity with an unruly hunger to learn about her ancestors. Cheyenne feels that it is very important for her to honor her ancestors by educating the younger generations. She has strong beliefs that in this consumer driven society if you do not have a strong identity, society will give you a blind consumer identity which will be to the advantage and serve greedy corporations. Her mentor is the very wise Ofelia Esparza who never holds any knowledge from Cheyenne and does anything in her power to help her grow as a human. Cheyenne herself is a mentor to 11 year old Oscar who is beginning to understand that “Knowledge is Power.”

I created this image… in 2010 for my Ganas 2020 solo show in San Francisco. Originally it was a canvas. Recently I started releasing more and more prints and due to the energy of the world and the journey of DECOLONIZATION that millions of people across world of all colors have recently embarked on. This image was inspired by the American history books in American public schools which never teach us the true history of this country let alone teach people with indigenous ancestry to the continent the true history of their ancestor. This image is in honor of our ancestors. This print’s purpose is to hopefully get people to question borders / colonizations / nation states built over our ancestral nation / our indigenous diet / our connection with nature / women and men dynamics / medicine / and many types of KNOWLEDGE.

– Ernesto Yerena Montejano
Current Location: Art Museum : Main Hallway


Border Crossings: Immigration in Contemporary Prints, Curated by Klare Scarborough, La Salle University Art Museum, March 16 - June 9, 2016.

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