Arroz con Popote Series
Performer, red hand-dyed rice, straws
Originally performed by Neimyiah Whittley at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
4 minutes, 30 seconds
2019 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition Award, Juror: James Claiborne, William Way LGBT Community Center, Philadelphia, PA
2019 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, William Way LGBT Community Center Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Juror: James Claiborne, independent curator and Public Programming Manager, African American Museum, Philadelphia)
2019 215 | 610 CONTEMPORARY: Juried Exhibition of Regional Emerging Artists, Art Gallery, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA (Juror: Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum)
I explore themes of sexuality, identity, and anthropocenic anxieties.
EEUU/America is part of a series of work which pays homage to my Mexican heritage. My choice of materials, rice and straws, comes from the euphemistic expression arroz con popote (to eat rice pudding with a straw/phallus). It's Mexican slang used to describe that someone is homosexual, with or without any intention to offend. "He likes arroz con popote."
EEUU/America further explores issues of injustice in the USA, where I've lived for over a decade. This piece brings together my heritage with the culture I'm now surrounded by. The original performer, Neimyiah Whittley (b. Milwaukee, WI), also a queer person of color, was invited to use this performance opportunity as an outlet to reflect on injustices he himself has faced in an increasingly toxic sociopolitical climate.