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Los Uberlocos

Lillia Ann, Chuy Campusano, 1982

 





One Last Mexican Discovered in the Mission District

* praba pilar *  gerardo perez * jaime cortez * rene garcia * john leanos *

Los Uberlocos created One Last Mexican Discovered in the Mission District, in response to the rapacious gentrification of the Mission District of San Francisco. This mural was unveiled at Galeria de la Raza, on the corner of 24th and Bryant in the Mission District, San Francisco, with a performance by the Uberlocos touching on the case of Ishi and featuring the Last Mexican himself with his coterie of handlers.  This mural was featured in the book:   Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism, by Rebecca Solnit. For more information, please contact the artist.

The text reads in part:
San Francisco ReExamined.Com, DOT-COM EDITION; May 5, 2002
ONE LAST MEXICAN DISCOVERED IN THE MISSION DISTRICT
The last known Mexican in the Mission District was captured last night in Dolores Park. "Ese," the last of his tribe, led a feral Mexican lifestyle in Dolores Park, living among the bushes on roots and berries, focaccia crumbs, and leftover bits of antipasti......"


Lilli Ann

Lillia Ann, Chuy Campusano, 1982
the original mural


invocation at mural

* praba pilar *  gerardo perez * jaime cortez *

The Lilli Ann mural was a neighborhood landmark of the Mission District of San Francisco. Painted by Chuy Campusano in 1982, this four story mural at the corner of 17th and Harrison abruptly disappeared on the night of July 25, 1998. Whitewashed by the new owners of the building on which it was painted during an early stage of the "cultural clear cutting" aimed at the Mission District, when the building was bought by the Cort family.

Artists Monica Praba Pilar, Gerardo Perez and Jaime Cortez performed three pieces about the white washing of Lilli-Ann:  an invocation at the location of the mural; a memorium at CELL space as part of the Chuy Campusano memorial; and a renovation at the site, as part of the Mumia 911 Guerilla Art Actions for Mumia Abul Jamal.

 

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