Family & Community Archives

Por su Conocer (Orientation: Montañas en el Desierto)

“Orientation: Montañas en el Desierto” is a series of black ink portraits of mountains that focus on specific Sonoran Desert mountains near the international border. This project explores reciprocal relationship with land, traditional O’odham stewardship practices, and navigating the desert as a migration route.

About the Artist

Yanely Rivas is a Xicana printmaker, visual artist, and organizer with ancestral roots in Michoacán, Mexico, whose art and life are deeply influenced by themes of migration, restriction of movement, colonization, indigeneity, spirituality, and healing.