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This exhibition is a creative engagement with soldaderas (Spanish for “female soldiers”) as imagined figures, and as actual women with their own histories.
Silver & Gold combines film, live performance, and original costumes into a self-proclaimed “filmformance” that evokes the muse of legendary filmmaker Jack Smith and his tribute to 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez in a magical and joyfully twisted exploration of race, glamour, sexuality, and the silver screen.
JT, is a filmmaker in a small town with big ideas about the far-off future. He struggles to express his Utopic LoFi-SciFi vision, but is thwarted, in part by his own ambitions. He finds an unlikely alliance with the tween next-door.
In arguably her most widely seen ‘performance’ Nao created the character of “Rosa” the exhibitionist, to appear on the Joan Rivers Show in 1992
Big Mac was my Tag. And I took the marker to many a tiled wall. At one stop an angry man threatened Miguel with arrest while I cowered in the back seat trying not to look suspicious in my yellow jumper and red hair.
In A Story, the artist reflects the state of idyllic women’s labor as posed in the picture taken off the wall to the inhabited “studio” setting.
“America the Beautiful” is Nao’s embodiment of the blonde sex-kitten archetype.
Stuff is a look at the cultural myths that associate “Latin” women and food with the erotic in the Western popular imagination.
Bustamante’s character transforms, via video, from a gentle princess who has lost her puppy in a lush fall forest into an icy nefarious hag trudging through the snow.