Time & Location
Apr 08, 2022, 4:00 PM – Apr 30, 2022, 11:00 AM
Las Cruces, 126 S Main St, Las Cruces, NM 88001, USA
About The Event
@Border_becky is a mixed media installation that combines photography and video with fleece blanket assemblages to explore the intersection of immigration and gender identity through the lens of contemporary pop culture and mass media. I cut and reconfigure iconic material to skewer mainstream anti-immigration rhetoric, subvert the appropriation of latinx culture, and queer mythologies of Americanness. The installation @border_becky includes two videos, @border_becky and Triathlon. The video @Border_becky follows a social media controversy in which two students, Becky and Kyle, are caught in the middle of a protest while engaging in site-based research at the US-Mexico border. While in the midst of this chaos, the couple navigates the drama of their evolving romantic relationship. As they confront their own queer and class identities Becky and Kyle must rethink their understanding of the gender binary parallel within the context of the temporal binaries of the U.S./Mexico border. The video layers performative digital activism with the trauma that haunts those whose identity is not an optional performance. The video, Triathlon, invites the audience to explore the personal story behind the Becky persona. Inspired by Bella’s family's competitive sporting spirit, Triathlon tracks the rhythms and terrains of American immigration and confronts the absurd constructs of US patriotism and exceptionalism. The reconstructed blanket installation creates an environment similar to walking through commercial shopping district at border towns, where icons of American idealism clash with the harsh realities of border crossing. The gaps in the assemblages create a space where hybrid identities exist within the downfalls of neoliberal capitalism. Becky the Explorer is an ode to the resourceful immigrant hustlers, a prayer to asylum seekers, and an offering of much needed comedic relief in a time of high anxiety.
Opening Reception126 S Main St.