2008

La Pocha premieres Divino Corpo at the New Moves Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. As part of our ongoing Mapa/Corpo series, this new work continues to examine the brown body as a site for radical spirituality, memory, penance, activism and corporeal reinvention. We pose as living saints and Madonnas of unpopular causes (border crossers, undocumented migrants, prisoners, the infirm and the displaced invisible others). At one station, Roberto's body is covered with leeches. At another station Violeta is wrapped on a pole with black rope as if getting ready to be burned by the audience. At a third station, I construct "pagan saints" with audience members. In a sense, we create a performative temple where the sacred and the profane intertwine with racy contemporary issues. Our goal is to invite audience members to embrace a new form of radical faith - faith that the art process can serve as a personal and political force and that the human body becomes a site of change against a backdrop of global despair and war.

Gustavo Vázquez and I premiere Homo Fronterizus, a video project in two parts: One-on-one includes reinterpretations of some of my classic performance pieces, as well as "homages" to other performance artists who have influenced my work (Roi Vaara, Marina Abramovic, Stelarc, Melquiades Herrera, and James Luna). In Duelos, we explore the unspoken tension between performance and video asking such questions as: Who is the real author? The performance artist who creates the concept and offers his body/identity/map/arte-facto in sacrifice to the camera, or the video artist who filters it, frames it and, in doing so, inevitably re-creates it?

Photo: Zach Gross

Photo: Zach Gross

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