Relief

Performance
Living Architecture
6018|North and Art Design Chicago
Chicago, United States. 2018




 
In this performance, I seek to establish an intimate contact with the audience to sensibilize towards the crisis in Venezuela, originated by the Chavista dictatorship, and the main cause of massive migration movements out of the country in recent years. I take my shirt off, and use an emergency blanket to create a bowl in my abdomen. Placing Venezuelan corn meal in it, I ask the participants to make an arepa dough by mixing it with a water I pour over myself. Then, we make arepas and grill them in a portable stove. The arepas are shared with all those who attended.

This project was commissioned for the show Living Architecture, in which immigrant artists started a dialogue with the local Chicago Architecture, which is in great part a legacy resulted from the effort of many immigrant workers. In Relief, I departed from architect and sculptor Richard Bock’s reliefs built in the Tree Studios building. I wanted to express what it means to a Venezuelan immigrant artist to be in the United States today, after the UN Refugee Agency recommended to consider the Venezuelan diaspora as refugees.
More info: https://design.newcity.com/2018/08/30/living-architecture-breathes-new-life-into-the-immigrant-histories-of-chicago/