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. 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). Barbosa Landois has worked as a studio artist, itinerant professor, preparator, exhibitions coordinator, and – contrary to popular assumptions regarding the artist brain – a math tutor. She was a 2018-2019 Studio Resident at the Lawndale Art Center and received a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures in 2019 to co-create MantecaHTX. Click here for curriculum vitae.
My work uses pop cultural tropes and dark humor to address thorny subjects like gender, religion, ecology, and power. Explorations of language, from documentary narratives to sacred texts to remixed song lyrics, run throughout my work in performance, video, installation, and print. Code-switching and voice-switching often 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.
Photo by Dayna de Hoyos