Julia Barbosa Landois is a performance, installation, and video artist based in San Antonio, TX. Her work has been featured in galleries, museums and performance festivals throughout the United States, as well as Latin America and Europe. Awards include grants from Artpace and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, and residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute (USA), Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Norway), and Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany). Click here for curriculum vitae.
My work in performance, installation, and video uses pop cultural tropes and dark humor to address thorny subjects such as religion, sexuality, and borders. Singing is often an important part of my live and recorded performances. Popular song structures are rearranged and recontextualized to unexpectedly fit narratives of experiences like pregnancy or sex work on the USA/Mexico border. Accompanying objects are found or fabricated to provoke a seductive discomfort: lean in, recoil, repeat. I enjoy playing with the disjunctions that occur in language translation and using the cinematic conventions of onscreen text to engage charged content. Code-switching and voice-switching then complicate the relationships between Spanish and English, masculine and feminine, victim and victimizer, abject and exalted.