Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass


“The trick narratives Barbosa Landois has collected and curated, performed live, are some powerful hoodoo, and present us with nowhere near the agitprop they would’ve in lesser hands.  Barbosa Landois unmoors these male utterances from both an expected social context, and from a strictly-punitive gaze.  You can feel the artist’s bewildered exasperation with the U.S.-side ‘johns,’ even as she allows them an utterly human-scale and vulnerable voice through Sanden’s performances of the short monologues, and, amazingly, through her own portrayal of these boys, delivered deadpan and uncaricatured.”


This multimedia performance mixes dialogue based on interviews and Internet testimonials about prostitution on the U.S./Mexico border with popular songs whose lyrics complement the text in unexpected ways. The piece was first performed with musician Erik Sanden in conjunction with an installation and solo exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in 2011. Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass was also featured in the 2012 Fusebox Festival and the 2013 Texas Biennial.

The completion of this work was made possible by a Media Arts Grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and a residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Images courtesy Walley Films, Ana Fernandez, Dayna DeHoyos, and the artist.