When she was in high school, Favianna Rodriguez's parents wanted her to study to become a doctor. They supported her creativity, but subjected her to a string of math and science camps that monopolized her time. As an A+, super-star student, she went to college, found herself pregnant, had an abortion and decided to quit letting other people tell her what to do. So she dropped out, invested in herself as an artist and an entrepreneur, and worked tirelessly. Now 35 years old, she has become an internationally renowned political artist whose iconic work is synonymous with the food justice, immigrant rights and sexual liberation movements. This weekend, Rodriguez will be in town participating in the theatrical extravaganza Dreaming Sin Fronteras
, at North High School. In advance of her appearance here, Westword
spoke with Rodriguez about her creative practice, social justice and sexual liberation.
See also: Queer undocumented artist Julio Salgado speaks out