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Wall With Land by Amalia Ortiz

Artpace San Antonio
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Wall With Land is a conceptual performance by Amalia Ortiz in conversation with the work created by Spring 2018 International Artist-In-Residence.

In the performance, Amalia temporarily reintroduces the architectures of the “white cube,” using ice blocks to building a small wall blocking her into a corner of the existing exhibit. She will then read poetry and other texts for as long as it takes the ice to melt.

“My idea is that the elements of land and water will outlast the influence of man, although humans temporarily manipulate and pervert both. Waiting for the ice to melt becomes a metaphor for nature waiting for humanity to allow it to return to its uncorrupted state. The wall is, of course, a metaphor for the border wall, and man’s decision to manipulate natural objects to create unnatural constraints on humanity. The condition of being cold as a performer also references the ‘hieleras’ or temporary holding cells for refugees.”

As​ ​a​ ​Chicana​ ​feminist​ ​raised​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Rio​ ​Grande​ ​Valley,​ ​Amalia ​expresses​ ​her​ ​heritage​ ​and politics​ ​through​ ​performance.​ Her ​experiences​ ​growing​ ​up​ ​on​ ​the​ ​border​ ​​permeate her​ ​work. Most​ ​influenced​ ​by​ ​concepts​ ​of​ ​theater​ ​for community​ ​development​ ​and​ ​Boal’s​ ​Theater​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Oppressed, Amalia’s work claims space for ​the marginalized​, ​regains​ ​power​ ​through​ ​public​ ​performance,​ ​and​ ​creates​ ​dialogue​ ​between​ ​communities.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​way,​ ​performance​ ​is her​ ​activism.