BÁÑATE

BÁÑATE In this ritual, I aspired to subvert the common interpretation of blood—both within the history of performance art and in everyday life—as an element of shock, using it instead as a purifying and erotic fluid.   I used seven metallic pails full of blood, one for each day of the week, to clean every…

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT YOU

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT YOU This performance was specifically conceived to be presented in Quebec, Canada. The piece was projected as a critique of the politically correct and falsely assumed positions of first-world societies regarding women’s rights.   Barefoot and dressed as a bride, I walked through the snow on a Quebec street wearing a…

SIN TÍTULO/TERRENO PELIGROSO

SIN TÍTULO/TERRENO PELIGROSO I produced this untitled action for the Terreno Peligroso/Danger Zone project, a gathering between Mexican and Chicanx artists that I organized in collaboration with Josephine Ramírez and Guillermo Gómez Peña in Mexico City and Los Angeles.   The work consisted of washing the feet of the other ten participating artists with blood…

1-800-LIPOSUCTION

1-800-LIPOSUCTION This collaboration with the American choreographer Sara Shelton Mann meant to deconstruct the contradictory roles of women in the US society of the time, seeking to expose how two women perceived themselves versus how they were being perceived socially by others.   Through different tableaux vivants, the performance was a metaphorical journey through archetypal…

TERRITORIO MEXICANO

TERRITORIO MEXICANO This self-torture in which my body metaphorically operated as the Mexican territory was a comment on the passivity and defenselessness of Mexicans after the 1994 national crisis. Territorio Mexicano (Mexican Territory) was based on images associated with extreme sexual experiences that made it both attractive and repulsive.   The environment was clinical, white,…

ALIENATION

ALIENATION Based on the two meanings of the word alien—extraterrestrial and immigrant—, Alienation intended to reveal the fear of the cultural, social, political, and sexual invasion that existed at the time in the United States regarding Mexican migrants.   In the work I resorted to two stereotypes: that of the iconic Mexicana—a sexual and exotic…

SOY TOTALMENTE DE HIERRO

SOY TOTALMENTE DE HIERRO Ten billboards placed in different points of Mexico City shaped this counter-campaign that questioned and contested the feminine stereotypical representations adopted by the advertising campaign for the El Palacio de Hierro (The Iron Palace) department store, Soy Totalmente Palacio (I Am Totally Palacio), and by many others.   The works featured…

LA BELLEZA ESTÁ EN LA CALLE

LA BELLEZA ESTÁ EN LA CALLE The project was the result of a year-long investigation about the conformation of public space in Mexico City, that involved conversations and interviews with government and private sectors—from legislators affiliated to different political parties to urban planners and members of the Asociación Mexicana de Publicidad Exterior (Mexican Association for…