In 2017 I worked with Aaron Huey of Amplifier and several other artists for a series called WE THE PEOPLE; an effort meant to champion an appreciation for ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity. On Inauguration Day, people across the Capital and carried our WE THE PEOPLE posters into the streets, hung them up in windows, or pasted them onto walls. We continued to see this movement throughout several other rallies around the world that year, including the Women’s March in 2017. This “Defend Dignity” piece is one of three that I created for the original series. For this image, I collaborated with photographer Arlene Mejorado to create a portrait of Maribel Valdez Gonzalez as a symbol of hope and humanity. In celebration of #FACINGTHEGIANT #OBEYGIANT30TH, I am releasing this “Defend Dignity” piece as a 30 x 41-inch fine art print on custom paper. As you may know, I’m re-visiting older images and utilizing the broader palette of techniques I’ve developed over the years for my 30-year project. If you weren’t able to get your hands on this print in 2017, now is your chance! A portion of proceeds will benefit Espacio Migrante, a bi-national non-profit organization that works in the areas of Tijuana and San Diego, focusing on supporting migrants, refugees, and deportees. We the People need to come together under a new symbol of hope— one that reminds us that OUR America is one of equal humanity, and does not demean or discriminate. We need you to help us take back this narrative. We don’t have any one easy solution, but we do know this: we must be greater than fear, we must defend dignity, and we must protect each other. Take this art in your hands and start now. – Shepard
Defend Dignity. Serigraph on 100% Cotton Custom Archival Paper with hand-deckled edges. 30 x 41 inches. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 89. $900. Available Tuesday, May 28th @ 10 AM PDT at store.obeygiant.com/collections/prints. Max order: 1 per customer/household. *Orders are not guaranteed as demand is high and inventory is limited.* Multiple orders will be refunded. International customers are responsible for import fees due upon delivery.