Neil Rivas in the Ramp Gallery June 27—July 16


What: Illegal Super Heroes by Neil Rivas (Clavo)

When: June 27—July 16

Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)

If humans can be declared illegal aliens due to immigration policies, then this must be applied to all, including super heroes, right? Illegal Super Heroes is a series of interactive posters that deal with notions of illegality and challenge immigration policy in the U.S. via the use of comic book icons such as Superman and Wolverine (X-Men). Each poster will contain a phone number for viewers to call and participate via the San Francisco ICE Field Office – Illegal Super Heroes Department and help detain the illegal super heroes.

*ISH Department phone line will be launched on exhibition start date.

Neil Rivas (Clavo) received his BFA in Photography from California State University, Long Beach and is currently an MFA candidate at California College of the Arts. His current art practice consists of photography, interdisciplinary works, public interventions, and multimedia projects. His work is informed by photojournalism and documentary work, comic books, kitsch, aesthetic politics, social justice, and his personal experience within the Salvadoran diaspora in the U.S. and larger international community.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Pictured Above: Illegal Super Heroes (2 of 32), by Neil Rivas (Clavo)