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Guillermo Gomez-Pena
(A World of Art series)

VHS
30 minutes
NX504 .W641 1996 tape 2

The work of this Mexican performance artist, poet, journalist, and activist calls attention to relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Through an ongoing series of what he calls "border crossings," he asks his audience to consider how both the physical barrier and the idea of the border allow people in the U.S. to keep out what they do not want to see. Gomez-Pena is seen here in The Temple of Confessions, shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In this half performance/half installation, the artist and his collaborator Roberto Sifuentes Exhibit themselves inside Plexiglass boxxes in costumes associated with Mexican stereotypes. Audience members can "confess their intercultural fears and desires" at church kneelers placed in front of each booth.

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