Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015- Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz Art

I came across Wanda's Art via her character "Chuleta," you can find her videos on youtube "Ask Chuleta". You’ve got to admire Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, the 35-year-old performance and video artist from the Bronx. Identity politics are constant flux, she continues to make angry, difficult but also poignant and occasionally riotously funny works about being a Latina in the United States.
On her website she states:The work I make isn’t exactly for everyone. Or maybe it is. Maybe it’s just the idea that the “everyone” that I’m talking about is not the “everyone” that is counted as important. Maybe its because I’ve made work about the folks we don’t see… the chambermaids in hotels or the inner city mother of three that is thrown in a tizzy because she can’t seem to get a cab for her and her kids. I have built my artistic career by creating works that investigate notions of otherness as a Latina in the US. Starting from personal experiences, I set out to dissect aspects of my heritage from varying points of entry- from within my own family, home, neighborhood, intersecting Latino cultures. These investigations in turn, became larger studies on otherness as a whole in American culture.

I have not met Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz I have no doubt that we will cross paths in near future!

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