Salon Series 42: Trust Your Struggle
with Robert Liu-Trujillo, Nisha Sethi, Miguel Bounce Perez
A panel of members from Oakland-based collective Trust Your Struggle speak on graffiti and its influence on their art practices.
Trust Your Struggle is an multi-generational Oakland-based collective of artists, educators, and cultural workers who are dedicated to mobilizing their communities on social justice, environmental sustainability, and community organizing through public art. We are thrilled to be joined by Nisha Sethi, Rob Liu-Trujillo, and Miguel Bounce Perez who are active members of this collective, as they speak on their relationship to graffiti, and its impact on them as working artists in the Bay Area.
Robert Liu-Trujillo is father, husband, artist and an author based in Oakland California. He’s the author and illustrator of Fresh Juice and has illustrated several other picture books. Reach out at www.robdontstop.com
Nisha Kaur Sethi is an artist/activist born and raised in Berkeley, California. As a woman of color who is deeply invested in uplifting her community, Nisha’s work serves as seeds for the resistance in which bright, bold lettering and images dance their way into the streets where they echo the chants and songs of the people. Early on, Nisha developed a passion for typography and was deeply influenced by childhood trips to her motherland India where she was exposed to the fascinating world of hand-painted film posters. Back home in the Bay Area, Nisha was brought up in the graffiti scene, gravitating towards street art with powerful messages.
Nisha’s art serves as a call to action while constantly being informed by iconic political art and movements from the 1960’s. Her hand-painted posters have been carried by thousands of protestors at the Women’s March, March for Our Lives, UTLA Teacher’s Strike, and Global Climate Strike. She is also a printmaker and clothing designer for her brand, Kalakari, where her work is manifested into wearable art.
Miguel Bounce Perez
Miguel Bounce Perez is an award-winning muralist, graphic designer, and tattoo artist with a training background in film and photography. His work can be seen in people’s bodies, galleries, publications, big screens, and on the streets. Miguel co-founded Pueblo Nuevo, a community art space and gallery where he curated exhibitions and public programs. He has also been a member of the Trust Your Struggle Collective since 2008, organizing and completing mural tours and exhibitions worldwide. Miguel’s artworks have been exhibited publicly and in galleries throughout the US, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Amsterdam.