Tatewari (Transformed Through Fire)
To support the continuation of Joel GarciaÕs project Tatewari (Transformed Through Fire), a serigraph portrait-based series uplifting members of the Los AngelesÕ Xicano/Indigenous community who have survived street-violence and addictions to become agents of healing. Developed in 2015 this series was produced using experimental screen-printing techniques incorporating medicinal plants such as aloe vera into the inks. This project grows to include survivors of sexual assault within the same Xicano/Indigenous community. This project intends to explore spiritual health and wellness while shifting the narrative from victims to survivors and becoming changemakers for their community.