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SanTAna Fairytales

Exhibit March- May 2017 Grand Arts Central

6 Zines available and complete book online at RaspaMagazine

and Libromobile

Santa Ana CA

OPEN BOOK EXHIBIT traveled to Texas and now is on display at LibroMobile bookstore. For more information about the traveling exhibit please contact Sarah Rafael Garcia

12 Illustrations for the book SanTAna Fairytales written by Sarah Rafael García .

Promotional video for Open Book Performance

Developed through a one-year onsite artist-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center, SanTana’s Fairy Tales is a visual art installation, oral history, storytelling project initiated by artist/author Sarah Rafael García.


The project integrates community-based narratives to create contemporary fairytales and fables that represent the history and stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana (inspired by the Grimms’ Fairy Tales), which include:

The Carousel’s Lullaby
SanTana’s urban history intertwined with a traditional Mexican-folk lullaby and a haunting ghost carousel.

Zoraida & Marisol
The godmother of life or death, Zoraida grants transgente a vital wish at their last breath.

Just A House
Josie, a young girl caught between two worlds, the haunting past and displaced futures.

Hector & Graciela (an homage to the Brothers Grimm’s Hansel & Gretel)
Hunger, uncertainty, border crossings—a precarious family-life in our little city.

When The Mural Speaks…
One man’s perspective, a fable from the faces on the wall.

The Wishing Well
A central landmark becomes a magical promenade of forgotten wishes and parallel worlds.

The multi-media installation, created by the artist in collaboration with local visual, musical and performance artists, presents bilingual single-story zines, a fully illustrated published book, an ebook, and a large format classical book with graphic art by Sol Art Radio‘s Carla Zarate. Viento Callejero’s Gloria Estrada, in collaboration with local singer/songwriter Ruby Castellanos and members of the Pacific Symphony, composed an “open book” sound performance for the project. The entire collection was translated by poet Julieta Corpus and published in collaboration with Raspa Magazine.  Digital archives for the project were researched and obtained by Mariana Bruno, CSUF Graduate Student in the Department of History.  The ebook is being produced by Digitus Indie Publishers.

SanTana’s Fairy Tales was supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, through a grant supporting the Artist-in-Residence initiative at Grand Central Art Center. Thank you to the City of Santa Ana for their generous loan of original elements from the Fiesta Marketplace sign and carousel.


Presented at Texas State University at the Center for the Study of the Southwest 

Fairy Tales for Truth and Justice

Presented at People's Culture Cafe at the Howard Zinn Book Festival 2018, San Francisco CA

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