Julia Barbosa Landois (b. San Antonio, USA) is a performance, installation, and video artist based in Houston, TX. Her work has been featured in galleries, museums and performance festivals in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Her awards include grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC), and Houston Arts Alliance. She has completed residencies at Lawndale Art Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Norway), and Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany). In addition to being a studio artist, Barbosa Landois has worked as a professor, preparator, exhibitions coordinator, grant writer, and community educator. Click here for curriculum vitae.
I make videos, installations, performances, and works on paper that tease profundity and absurdity from the everyday and examine the relationship between the intimate and the public. I like to draw attention to small things that hold big meaning. The unique patina of previous use and desire to conduct a more sustainable studio practice inform my commitment to valuing materials that are already all around me and even repurposing old work to make the new.
Much of my recent work considers climate anxiety, non-linear temporality, and the vulnerability of bodies caught in the middle of it all. These pieces are made using repurposed materials, from a room-sized meditation labyrinth composed of hurricane debris, to printmaking with audience members on reproductions of a 17th century painting, to large collages and animations made from my own cut up old silkscreen prints.
My performances evolve from a robust writing practice and often use commonplace technologies in unexpected ways. I love to play with language, including documentary narratives, sacred texts, mistranslations, and remixed song lyrics. And – surprise! I can sing.
Photo by Dayna de Hoyos