Your Food, My Work, Our Land

An ongoing collaboration with artist Oscar Lopez in support of California farmworkers

We are pleased to announce Haight Street Art Center's collaboration with artist Oscar Lopez on a project to engage the public in an investigation of food justice issues in California that will ultimately culminate in a mural-making, live screen printing pop-ups in community at Farmers Markets, art classes with youth in our print studio that will focus on print-making technique and mural concepts, visits to farms and interviews with farmworkers.

Lopez turned to farm workers during the pandemic shutdowns of 2020, as the country focused on those “essential” workers who would still need to perform their jobs outside the home. These front line and back of house workers rarely commanded high salaries or social prestige, yet society could not proceed without them. Lopez thought too of his grandfather, a farm worker under the Bracero Program (1942–1964), originally a World War II-era initiative to provide legal if short-term contracts for Mexican laborers. Your Food, My Work, Our Land asks us to see these essential individuals whose necessary work renders them invisible, like the infrastructure we use but take for granted every day.

“These hardworking individuals are the backbone of our communities, yet we so rarely appreciate their labor, acknowledge their existence, or even see their faces,” says Lopez. “With this new version of the work, I want to elevate their stories and honor the vital role they play in sustaining all of us.”

Check our Oscar's new mural at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture!

Exhibition Details:
On view: May 30, 2024 through January 2025
Open: Visible daily at all times
Public Art Corridor, Outdoors Between Landmark Buildings B & C
Free Admission

Oscar Lopez brings his Your Food, My Work, Our Land, originally a screen-printed poster of laborers toiling under a dominant sun, to Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture as the latest mural commission for the public art corridor between Landmark Buildings B and C.

Upcoming live screen printing pop-ups with Oscar Lopez:

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, July 13th, 2024 

Fort Mason Center Farmers Market, June 9th, 2024

Fort Mason Center Farmers Market, July 14th, 2024

Fort Mason Center Farmers Market, August 11th, 2024

Watch Oscar talk about his project here!

Thank you to our partners and sponsors for their support of this two year project