Rini Templeton?s Art for the Struggle

| April 16, 2003

The idea of intellectual property or laying claim to your idea may have never occurred to artist Rini Templeton. For 20 years she produced black-and-white images promoting unity among people involved in grassroots struggles and never indulged in any self-promotion. After studying printmaking in Mexico, Templeton founded the Havana Cathedral Printmaking Workshop in Cuba. She regularly joined in meetings and demonstrations for the advancement of social justice, and her self-titled ?xerox art? created the imagery for whatever cause she embraced. Her work focuses on people?s struggles from the Americas, but it?s called xerox art because Templeton invites activists everywhere to photocopy and use her work. It?s a wonder that the name Rini Templeton is even associated with the more than 600 drawings she has created because she never attached her signature to the work. As a result, the drawings are more popular than her name. And now, even 10 years after her death, activists everywhere are familiar with the imagery popularized by this humble artist. Download activist imagery from the ?how to use? portion of the web site.
-Nick Garafola

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