36" x 24" limited-edition silkscreened poster by Dayan D'Aniello / Austin, TX
Edition of 35 | Signed and numbered by the artist | Sold unframed
Right off the bat, I was drawn to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Until recently, my only first-hand experience with education was going through it myself. My high school, LASA, shared campuses with LBJ, which was then the worst performing school in Central Texas. The way the students from the different schools were treated was night and day. Discipline was much harsher and more prevalent in the “other” school.
My partner is now a teacher at a school of entirely Black students in Philadelphia. At her school, middle schoolers are required to transition silently between classes in single-file lines — a phenomenon that doesn’t exist in adult life except in prison. The weight of excessive rules and discipline in certain students’ lives can make a large impact on their future outcomes. Having the opportunity to draw attention to this issue is important to me.
Dayan D’Aniello started designing in college as — believe it or not — a marketing student. Born and raised in Austin to artist parents with a sister who is a designer, you’d think he would have found his calling earlier on. After migrating to the University of Florida to eventually study advertising and studio art, he came home to roost and pursue a full-time design job. Dayan is part of the Guerilla Suit team, a small design studio. He works on everything from restaurants to breweries and festivals. You can likely find him around town at any local brewery or pizza joint taking in some of life’s simplest pleasures.