In a world where a six-hour airplane plane flight can transplant a person into a completely alien world, cultural identity is retained through rituals surrounding clothing, language, and food. Having relocated from my native Venezuela to the United States as a teenager, I became aware of the layers of ‘skin’ that define and separate cultures – one’s own skin, the second skin of clothing, the shell of one’s dwelling place – all these protecting the vital space of one’s hidden identity.

As an interdisciplinary artist, my site-specific installations and performances map the tension between retaining one’s identity and assimilating a foreign persona, while referencing obscure anatomy and the body as an alternate artifact.

 

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