Julia Barbosa Landois (b. San Antonio, USA) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Houston, TX. Her videos, installations, performances, and works on paper have been exhibited 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, plus residencies at Lawndale Art Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Norway), and Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany). Her works on paper are in the permanent collections of the City of Houston and Houston Endowment as well as many private collections. In addition to being a studio artist, Barbosa Landois has worked as a professor, 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.
My recent work considers climate anxiety and humans’ relationship to the non-human world on top of older themes like gender, sexuality, and religion. Physical works 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 unsettling and sometimes funny performances evolve from a robust writing practice and often use commonplace technologies like a cell phone or stationary bike 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