Aug 30, 2015

Xandra Ibarra:  Training For Exhaustion (For The Unintelligible)
Lake Merritt, Oakland


The means for enduring the bombs of whiteness are not going to be exclusively cultural or political, you will have to train: run, invade, perform, smile, and reinvent yourself as a cockroach. Bring running shoes, headphones, mp3 player/phone, water, and weed (optional). Electric wheelchairs welcome!
We will run Lake Merritt. Please don't be discouraged if you don't run often, we will stop frequently so our cucaracha crew can stay together.


XANDRA IBARRA is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border who performs and works under the alias of La Chica Boom. She uses hyper-raciality/sexuality/gender as an experience based mode of inquiry into her relationship with coloniality, compulsory whiteness and Mexicanidad. Ibarra uses video, objects, photography and sex acts to evoke comedic and melancholic racial and sexual expectation. Her aim is to amplify gendered and racialized iconography and make such problematic constructions via specacle more transparent to the spectator‚—what she calls spictacles—camp spectacles of degeneracy and power.

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Heavy Breathing ︎ 2018

Critical thinking often feels heady, abstract, and divorced from the body. How do conversations change when we are moving our bodies and out of breath? What new modes of thinking become possible?