LAND is a current film project that I am developing. It follows the life of my father who owned a chunk of land in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Now, in the beginning process, I have been going through old Super 8 footage that he took in the 1960s of early Chicano Movement activities in the San Jose area and up at his land.
Chicano Hippy in Purple, 2016 - performative photograph with decor
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. - John Dewey
Tio, 2019 - performative photograph
This performative photograph is the result of various spontaneous variations of adornment and pose. The figurations were created through the continuous flow of still images inherent in video. The final moments were chosen for the quality of dress, props, body positions and the projected "personalities". These qualities put into question inherent or stereotypical ideas on gender, masculinity, femininity, and broaden the idea of what it means to be Chicano. While performing I draw spontaneously on ideas from within as I reflect on my image without - via a large mirror off-frame. In this image, for example, the adornments and props and clothing became a sort of mashup between the image of Mexican revolutionary, (a common theme in Chicano art) and the poses and presence of pop icons. These final photographs are just a slice, a few frames from thousands of frames of video-made stills in which I evolved from one personae to another, sometimes simply by the sudden change in position or expression on my face. The final assembled photograph is a split-screen effect that is featured in many of my video and photographic works.
FS 17, 2017 - performative video installation and photographic series. Collaboration with Claire Bain