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El Ganso

El Ganso is part of the series entitled, The National Bird, inspired from different migratory birds, building on the idea that these birds can traverse territories without checkpoints, any time, anywhere, freely.
El Ganso, from the series The National Bird. Performance art. Digital medium format 16 x 20” (40.64 x 50.8”). 2019.
“while crossing the borders,” El Ganso, #02, digital medium format. 7 x 7” (17.78 x 17.78 cm). 2019.



*Fitting session. 12/04/18




Workshops
Performance Art
Detroit, MI
October, 2018


Performance art,
The ritual of our Bodies


A 4-day long performance workshop entitled, "Performance Art: The Ritual of Our Bodies," was held on weekend days this past October from 11 am to 4 pm. Among the participant's artists was a group of students from the Print Media Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. 


During this time, we embarked on a series of exercises to directly integrate what we regularly do in our lives and
use it in performance art. As such, we created several temporary altars.

The work inspired by traditional Latin American roots using elements of food, jewelry, garments, and sculptural forms to speak to current and relevant issues. The workshop’s artistic approach was influenced by
the works of such artists as Guillermo Gómez Peña, Balitronica Gómez,
Saul Garcia Lopez—La Pocha Nostra, and Yves Klein.


Participants used practical knowledge through the use of sounds and movements to increase self-awareness and comfort in their own bodies and consciousness of the space surrounding them.

The project was intended for artists from any medium, with or without any experience in performance art, who were interested in exploring it further.

The space was facilitated by CAVE Detroit, an artist-led organization based in the Milwaukee Junction in Detroit.



The National Bird

La Guacamaya, performance photography, single digital images, medium format.  GIF file 0:20 sec, minutes on Loop. 2018. 

The National Bird is a series of performance art and sculpture works made from ideas of transnationalism, the meaning behind one’s citizenship and settlement. The first part of the series is inspired by migratory birds: La Guacamaya or the macaw, El Ganso or the goose, and El Aguila or the Bald Eagle. The National Bird invokes spirits and traditional dances and rituals while speaking about the privilege of the choice of travel and settlement at the same time. The costumes that motivate the performance pieces come from around North and Central America. Each piece resembles the different behaviors and characteristics of the birds, and each head is made from different materials, including chicken wire, gemstones, and plaster.

El Ganso

El Ganso, #03, #01, digital medium format. 7 x 7” (17.78 x 17.78 cm). 2019.

Volteado De Piña - Pineapple
Upsidedown Cake


Volteado De Piña - pineapple upsidedown cake, performance art, 2018.
AS220 Artist-in-residence; presented as part of the Queer Latinx Cabaret, on June 15th.




100 questions - Civic Test


Sample questions:
1. If the president can no longer serve, who becomes President? 

  • The Speaker of the House
  • The President Pro Tempore
  • The Vice President
  • The Secretary of State
2. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen? 
  • Give up loyalty to other countries
  • Disobey the laws of the United States
  • Never travel outside the United States
  • Not defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
3. The idea of self-goverment is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words? 
  • Congress shall make
  • We the Colonists
  • We the People
  • We the British





Images: 
  1. A220 Residency - with various items needed for the performance, including Guatemalan hand woven bands
  2. Table setup behind the audience inside the Black Box Teathe
  3. Residue of the performance, a table with all the ingridients to make a pineapple upside down cake
  4. Audience shot during the performance, picture by Shey Riv
  5. Iteration #02, Cherries
  6. Iteration #03, Rodajas de Piña
  7. Iteration #04, Caña de Azucar

Equilibrio
Performance Art
Photographs & Video 
2017 — 2018

Equilibrio

Performance art. Inspired during the 2017-18 Fellowship award, ILI. Visited cities: San Antonio, TX, Grand Rapids, SD, and Jackson, MS. Forms: GIF file and printed photographs, various sizes.

Equilibrio, performance
photography. 2018
Music: Macorina, Chavela Vargas
GIF file:
Duration: 23 seconds, 5 images


Text:
Equilibrio con los pies,
usando las manos... con ciudado,
siguiendo la linea,
paso a paso,
No mirando a los lados,
Looking ahead...
un saltito...
para atras...
al lado...
Equilibrio, do you know what I mean?
Equilibrium...