Allegory (n): a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
The California Allegory draws its name in tribute from Diego Rivera’s “The Allegory of California” mural. The image depicts California as a giant goddess offering a harvest of crops in one hand, while the other unveils mining beneath her as oil refineries loom on the horizon. This speaks to the real-time issues of the state that are deeply interwoven with the nation- whether it is our drought-exacerbated food production or our continued extraction for energy, what solutions or struggles happen here are critical.
As California is poised to play a significant cultural role in the landscape of our movements, the vision of this fellowship connected to the concept of ‘allegory’; what stories do we want to tell in this changing world that desperately needs collective change? What will people power do to make new stories, ones that embody liberation and justice, real?
This fellowship hopes to play a role in articulating these stories, within and beyond its duration.