Guillermo Gómez-Peña : a "new age shaman” in a bohemian theme park

Coombs, Gretchen (2010) Guillermo Gómez-Peña : a "new age shaman” in a bohemian theme park. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 10(3).

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Abstract

The Marquis de Sade was declared, “the fist commandment of art is ‘never to bore,’” and perhaps no other artist of his generation has embodied this sentiment more than Guillermo Gómez- Peña, the Mexican-born performance artist and cultural theorist living in San Francisco. Since the early 1980s Gómez-Peña, along with his performance troupe La Pocha Nostra, have been engaged in “reverse anthropology” staging “postcolonial” performances that foreground race and intervene in our cultural fears and desires by focusing on our obsession with the exotic. He deftly navigates the “post-multicultural” world – accelerated by globalization and nation branding – by using elaborate performative and interactive elements that expose (to the audience) their deeply embedded cultural stereotypes and desires for the other.

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ID Code: 58176
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1547-4348
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the author
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2014 23:58
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 22:35

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