Arturo Herrera

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.