Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass

September 24th, 2012


Julia Barbosa Landois and Erik Sanden

October 19, 2012
7pm – 8:30pm
One Performance Only!
UTSA Satellite Space, 115 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204

(Located in the Blue Star Arts Complex at S. Alamo and Probandt St.) 210-212-7146

Gallery Hours: Friday-Sunday, 12pm – 6pm and by appointment
Contact: Clay McClure, Gallery Coordinator, 512-558-2676
UTSA Department of Art and Art History: 210-458-4391

About the Exhibition:

Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass is a multimedia performance that examines sex, masculinity, and the tourist mentality along the Texas/Mexico border. Artist Julia Barbosa Landois and musician Erik Sanden perform dialogue taken from interviews with friends and brothel patrons, sex tourism website testimonials, regional folklore, and ideas about sex and spirituality from ancient Mexico. These texts are then woven with strangely apropos pop songs and a grand finale video animation. The entire piece, suggested for audiences 18 and up, runs about 30 minutes.

The Golden Ass examines the global phenomenon of sex tourism in a hyper‐local context, one to which a San Antonio audience can intimately relate. Until the recent swell of border violence, Boy’s Town was a Texas tradition, both for natives and for transplants in the military and hard‐partying college fraternities. Women who’ve never been there have stories from their brothers, uncles, and even grandmothers who contracted STDs from their wayward husbands. Landois grew up in South Texas, surrounded by men who visited towns like Nuevo Laredo for prostitutes, bizarre sex shows, exotic game hunting, and recreational drinking. Like Las Vegas or Amsterdam, these towns illustrate how the concept of license can change when one changes environments. These are places you go to enact a part of yourself that you can’t take home. In this show, she, too, plays the part of tourist in the terrain of masculine identity and gendered desire, in a sexual rite of passage with no counterpart for women of the same culture.

Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass was first performed at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in 2011, in conjunction with a solo exhibition of the same name. The show received an outstanding review in Glasstire and was later featured in Austin’s 2012 Fusebox Festival.

Julia Barbosa Landois holds an MFA in Sculpture/New Media from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA in Painting/Women’s Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  Her performance, installation, and video works have been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Latin America.  She currently teaches New Media at UTSA.

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