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Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-2010-005

Scope and Content

The collection includes wood engraving prints, events posters, mural stencils, and digital captures. Themes include land rights, political prisoners, government corruption, political violence, police brutality, violence against women, art exhibitions, nationalization of agriculture and oil.

A 2018 addition includes 19 prints on colored tissue paper banners strung together, reminiscent of papel picado or prayer flags. Many of the flags bear portraits of some of the 43 students missing since the 2014 mass kidnapping in Iguala, Guerrero. Others depict images of Emiliano Zapata and revolutionary symbols. This addition includes unprocessed items labeled "community tags."


  • 2006-Present

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

For access to the 5 mural stencils, contact the Pictorial Archivist.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


ASARO, the Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca, is a collective of younger artists, originally ranging in age from 15 to 31 years, that formed during that state’s 2006 teacher’s strike. The action inspired a wide-ranging political uprising that united several segments of Oaxacan society into an organization known as APPO, the Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca. Protest focused on criticism of the local government and particularly the state’s governor Ulises Ruiz. Participants included teachers, women’s groups, rural activists, communists, religious activists and artists.

The artists employ printmaking skills learned from Japanese and Mexican master printers. All works are signed collectively rather than by individual artists. Initially, their emphasis was on subjects specific to conditions in Oaxaca. The collective has also devoted a large segment of work to the pervasive violence against women in Ciudad Juárez, as well as to broader Mexican political concerns. ASARO established a popular arts market for local artisans and has established an international reputation.


695+ items (1 box, 3 folders, 1 unprocessed box) : Approximately 220 prints, 20 posters, 5 oversize mural stencils in 6 sections, 450 digital captures; uncounted ephemera


Wood engraving prints, event posters, and mural stencils depicting aspects of early 21st century Mexican political matters in Oaxaca.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved in oversize drawer 93 and Big Box location. Digital-only portions of the collection available on New Mexico Digital Collections. Additional ephemera on Pictorial Unprocessed shelves.

Collection Available Online

Prints from the Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca Pictorial Collection are available online via New Mexico Digital Collections. Digital captures are available via Archive-It!

Processing Information

Original accession processed in 2010.

19 Stringed flags were processed from LAII cataloging backlog in September 2018.
Finding Aid of the Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca Pictorial Collection, 2006-Present
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Wendy Pedersen
© 2010, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131