Julia Barbosa Landois is a performance, installation, and video artist based in Houston, 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). Before her recent relocation to Houston, Barbosa Landois spent a decade in San Antonio working as a studio artist, mercenary professor, preparator, gallery assistant, and – contrary to popular assumptions regarding the artist brain – a math tutor. Click here for curriculum vitae.
My work uses pop cultural tropes and dark humor to address thorny subjects like gender roles, religion, sexuality, and borders. Explorations of language, from documentary narratives to sacred texts to remixed song lyrics, run throughout my work in performance, video, installation, and print. I play with the disjunctions that occur in language translation and use the conventions of onscreen and printed 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. My projects cross a variety of media to examine the relationship between the intimate and the public, double meanings, mistranslations, and the ironic and unintended experiences of the written, sung, and spoken word.