This Land is My Land

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Posted on: April 21, 2017
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Description

This Land is My Land (2017), a multi-media installation, uses the forum of a political event to simulate (through institutional elements: folding chairs, seal/banners, podium/speech) what a Reproductive Futurist rally might look and feel like. Articulated by American academic Lee Edelman in his book No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive, Reproductive Futurism is the central ideological force that drives heteronormative dominance. In extolling the virtues of normative childhood, Reproductive Futurists create a false narrative of the future, one that replicates the past to control the present. The aim then with this piece is to expose this ideological mechanism by delivering its' monolithic ethos in a political context: the rally. Through environmental design, both graphic and stage, the installation produces a space where experimentation with aesthetic forms of subversion and hope are made possible. By using satire and theatricality, This Land is My Land presents a critique on our contemporary political structure, a system that is actively engaged in heteronormative propaganda, to expose the underpinnings of a Reproductive Futuristic agenda.




Jose Rodriguez Jr

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MFA Student

Major: Digital Media

Graduation Year: 2017


Artist Statement:

Art has the potential to challenge, subvert and reimagine dominance. By extension, queer art has an especially radical disposition to jolt and shake convention. Understanding the hetero/homo binary as categories of dominance rather than social constructions, my work aims to decentralize the leading discourse about sex and sexuality, invalidating antiquated politics of heteronormativity. As such, my practice has evolved in many ways as a reaction to the artificiality of our current ideological quagmire, amounting to an outright refusal to negotiate alternate realities within pre-existing frameworks. Instead the aim is to create a theater of opposition to the hegemony of gender norms through art and audience that is both confrontational and inviting.

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