IF SHE IS MEXICO, WHO BEAT HER UP?

As in other performances, the analogy between female body and country was central to If She Is Mexico, Who Beat Her Up?, in which I presented myself as a battered model: a beaten and abused territory insistent on showing itself as healthy and attractive. The work also pointed at the escalation of violence against women within the country.

 

During the performance, I modeled on a catwalk a variety of outfits and objects as well as blows, cuts, and wounds produced with special-effects makeup on my body. The different elements within the piece alluded to the colors of the Mexican flag and the audio combined rap with discussions on the de-certification process of Mexico in the fight against drugs at the US Senate.

 

Credits:

Video: K.D. Davis

 

Presentation(s):

National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland, England

Diáspora, Oviedo, Spain

NASA, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, California, USA

ACDC, Washington D.C., USA

UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA

Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado, USA

San Francisco Street Festival, San Francisco, California, USA

 

Year(s):

1997-1999

 

Photographs:

Eugenio Castro

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