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
2020 Best Dance Film, 1st Annual Bump’n’Grind Film and Performance Fest, Toronto, Canada
2019 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition Award, Juror: James Claiborne, William Way LGBT Community Center, Philadelphia, PA
2020 Noche de Película, Film Festival, PDX Latinx Pride, Portland, OR (virtual)
2020 1st Annual Bump’n’Grind Film and Performance Fest, Toronto, Canada (Nominations: Best Dance Film, Best Performance Film) (award) (virtual)
2020 Roxie Roz Burlesque, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (virtual)
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)
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.