Chilean artist Juan Downey was a Fellow at CAVS in 1973 and 1975. The 1973 military coup in Chile occured while Downey was at MIT. Downey worked across several media and is recognized as one of the pioneers of video art.
Juan Downey, Footage of Video Trans Americas, courtesy of Centro de Arte Digital Juan Downey.
The Delano grape strike was a 5 year long labor strike organized United Farm Workers (UFW) Organizing Committee protesting the exploitation of farm workers, specifically against the grape growers in Delano, Ca. Downey created the shirts below, which were given to local supermarket employees for free, as well as selling a limited edition of shirts to benefit the UFW.