"Christ chose the donkey" (La Burriquita)

2015

Left: Ceramic Relic, Right: Rear View.

La Burriquita is a Venezuelan folk dance originally performed by a man dressed up as a woman riding a donkey. The Spaniards first introduced the tradition (tied to Christianity and meant to be evangelic) circa 1800 in Cubagua island; where it morphed into a masked pagan form thanks to African and native influences. The tradition is ambivalent. It caricatures a male body embodying feminine attributes: rearticulating machista constructs of gender identity; while it parades it around town: giving this expression visibility and articulating a form of queer folklore. I imported this local tradition into the gay capital of the world (San Francisco) during Halloween’s eve, importing this tradition back from the death and simultaneously reclaiming its gay identity: steeped in contextual pride and historical shame.

10/31/2014 "La Burriquita on bart from West Oakland to Castro"

Left: Parading the costume in San Francisco's  Castro.

Right: Costume Displayed at Worth Ryder Gallery at U.C Berkeley.

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Things that feed my practice: Building ethnographies, time collapsing,scale shifting, memory through drawing and observation, surveillance, hyper reality, fairs, consumption, sites of devotion, fake promises, the past, seasons, birthdays, Christmas, altars, architecture, temples, mathematical systems, mascot costumes, bathhouses, thresholds, faith, belief, food, the Golden Gate Bridge, Disco Music, Folk sensibilities…

 

 

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