Creator & Creative Director 

Johanna Toruño

I am a Salvadoran born & New York based community taught visual artist utilizing the streets as a public platform and gallery. Raised in San Salvador until being displaced in the US at 10 I was inspired and taught by my experiences growing up in the aftermath of the civil war in my country to use poster work as a powerful medium to self express.  Political Art is the people's art. Nina Simone said "An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I'm concerned, it's their choice, but I CHOOSE to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. ... That to me is the definition of an artist."

I am inspired by the people ( la Gente) that exist public spaces. The  working class & immigrant Black & Brown communities are the beat of the heart of the streets.

“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” 

― Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography 

I am led by community, my ancestors, and the elders before me who have paved the way for me to do the work that I do. The Black women & femmes who have created culture- The Queer POC who continually pave the way for all of us. I do this work as my place in this revolution of self taught game changers.  I am led and inspired by the abolitionist Black women that have created the blue print since the beginning of time. 

We are the only ones worthy of telling our stories. Our lives, our love, our truths, and our beings must be told with our lens & our words. 

-Johanna Toruño

The Unapologetic Street Series

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