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 humorously and defiantly reimagine the aesthetic and affective dimensions of racial difference. I create sculpture out of casts & 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.
2018, Xandra Ibarra Metal, horsehair, acrylic paint, latex. Courtesy of the artist.
2018-2020, Xandra Ibarra Polymer gypsum, swivel fishhook, nylon tassel. Courtesy of the artist.