• Image of My Status Is Just As Important As Yours

By: Aisha Elbgal, 16, Oakland, CA

16x20, 2-color screenprint, unframed, edition of 4

All proceeds go directly to the artist

Artist statement:
Through this piece I wanted to share the story of the fight against the discriminatory caste system in Yemen, which has kept the country within its grasp for hundreds, if not thousands, of years and continues to hold it to this day. These ideologies have followed Yemeni immigrants to America and have had numerous adverse effects on our youth.

About this project:
13 high school girls from 7 East Bay cities make up the after-school Protest + Print class at Girls Garage. In January 2020, we came together to consider and answer the question: What is your biggest, boldest, most beautiful vision for girls and women in 2020? The resulting collection of screen printed posters represents our individual and collective voices: curious, hopeful, raging, compassionate, fierce, and fearless. From housing rights to access to menstrual products, from dyslexia to the meaning of our names, these prints tell our stories as one girl and as all girls. We combined the image of a flag (a statement, a banner, a stake in the ground) with our own hand-drawn artwork to express our visions. All posters were printed by hand, by us girls, in the Girls Garage space. We hope you will look, listen, feel, respond, and stand with us in 2020.

Read more about the Protest + Print class

Note: Individual prints may have slight variations, imperfections, or differences from what is pictured. As with all printmaking, we believe it’s this uniqueness that makes the work so powerful!