As part of SFMOMA's Here, There, Elsewhere show, the Cali, Colombia based performance group Helena Producciones invited 7 Bay Area artists to create new works during a 4 day workshop held at Galería De La Raza.
The performance La Vedette De America (Tu Boquita With Contrapposto) was created in response to the danger in the expectations of artists of color (specifically Latin) to make art solely about issues relating to the experience of being the marginalized other. The dance, which is done to Iris Chacón's Tu Boquita, an allusion to Latin performativity in itself, is done in one 8 minute segment throughout which the audio begins to degrade as does Córdova, literally demonstrating the grating exhaustion of 'performing the other'.
In addition, the piece makes direct reference to the history of performance by way of Bruce Nauman using the 'uniform' of white shirt and black pants in an attempts to draw further attention to how Nauman's whiteness allowed him to create his suite of performances without adornment or immediately obvious ethos in a way that artists of color often find more difficult because of the previously outlined suppositions.
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