Headlands Center for the Arts

Xandra Ibarra

california | visual
Graduate Fellowship Program 2020—2021, UC Berkeley

Artist Statement

I use performance, video, and sculpture to address abjection and joy and the borders between proper and improper racial, gender, and queer subjects. I draw inspiration from sexual subcultures to reimagine the aesthetic and affective dimensions of racial difference. I create sculpture out of casts and use a range of found and personal materials, from gypsum casts and nipple tassels made of horsehair to fur coats and hand-tooled leather. Through improvisatory material play, I bring parts together to open up sites of pleasure even as I consider the conditions that constrain racialized subjects’ everyday lives.

While at Headlands

While at Headlands, I will build on my previous performance research and develop a constellation of sculptures that use performance ephemera as material along with a range of found materials and casts made of gypsum.

Banner image: Xandra Ibarra, Tapatio Cock, 2004; Leather, rhinestones, glass bottles, hot sauce, spit, custom label, wood, steel hardware; 9.5″ x 16″ x .12″; © Xandra Ibarra


Selected Video Work

Xandra Ibarra, Turn Around Side Piece, HD video, color, sound; 2 min 50 sec; © Xandra Ibarra


Selected Works

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