En Cuatro Patas: Feminist Latinx Performance and Video

Part of En Cuatro Patas

Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 8:30 p.m.


The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Clockwise; luciana achugar FEELFORM by Steven Schreiber; Carmina Escobar by JP García Busio; Still from evidence; Amapola Prada, courtesy of the artist


This edition of En Cuatro Patas includes feminist Latinx performances and video pieces taking place throughout the museum. Tickets include general admission access to The Broad from 5:30–8:00 p.m. when the galleries close. 


luciana achugar, FEELingpleasuresatisfactioncelebrationholyFORM, 25 minutes
Posing art as a healing ritual rather than a spectacle, this performance in the museum’s lobby features four women engaging in a practice of giving their bodies a voice. By identifying with the “other,” the animal and the silenced voice of instinct and feminine desire, FEELingpleasuresatisfactioncelebrationholyFORM subverts our very deeply ingrained notion that the body is lesser, unruly or “ugly.”


Oculus Hall, total run time 29 minutes

Amapola Prada, 2014, 2:34 minutes
Amapola Prada takes the idea of the bull as a symbol of the vital and creative force of nature and establishes a parallel between the animal and the human, reflecting on education as a repressive process of this vital force. The video shows a female character tied to the fence of a stable, dressed in the dark gray school uniform that the artist and her generation wore for 12 years, performing the action of running forward vigorously and repeatedly.

Joiri Minaya, Satisfied (Satisfecha), 2002, 5:39 minutes

Xandra Ibarra + Rob Fatal, FML, 2012, 3:44 minutes

Julie Tolentino + Abigail Severance, evidence, 2014, 4:17 minutes
Abigail Severance and Julie Tolentino consider the intersections between the body and the frame. By establishing a set of verbal and visual parameters, evidence explores these relationships as experienced by a female, brown, artist/activist body in the unseen yet held spaces of relationship, memory, sex and loss. evidence is the third installment in Eye Witness (2010–2014), a series of short, intimate experiments between the two artists.

Mickey Negron, PonerMickeytarme: Ritual de pluma y purificacion, ND, 10:21 minutes

Joiri Minaya, Untitled #1 (nido), ND, 3:07 minutes


Carmina Escobar, Passer, 25 minutes
Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar’s performance will animate and manipulate her voice to create compositions that bring the sonic quality of birdlife within the walls of the third floor galleries of the museum. As the audience becomes enveloped in the intensifying sound of a swarm of birds, their perceptions become altered, making sound seem visible. The Broad’s architectural and structural design will serve as a dramatic backdrop for Escobar's eclectic vocal range.

About En Cuatro Patas

En Cuatro Patas continues the exploration of the politicized body, featuring feminist Latinx performance and media artists who ruminate on and fantasize alternative embodiments. The artists featured in this series dissolve boundaries between animal and human while exploring the transformational and pleasurable possibilities of the non-human figure. The series invites artists to take on the corporeality of the abject, the degraded, the non-human, the sub-human—the animal. En Cuatro Patas assumes other positions, realities and political imperatives that imagine a world otherwise. Through a series of four programs that include performance, film and video, artists from Los Angeles and Latin America will come together to mobilize the body through varied interventions. For many of the artists, it will be their first time performing in Los Angeles. En Cuatro Patas will launch in January 2018 as part of the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA organized by REDCAT and will continue throughout 2018.

En Cuatro Patas Performance Dates 

  • Saturday, Jan. 20
  • Thursday, May 24
  • Thursday, Oct. 11
  • Thursday, Nov. 15

En Cuatro Patas presenta artistas feministas Latinxs de performance y de medios que rumian y fantasean corporalidades alternativas. Los trabajos en esta serie disuelven las fronteras entre lo animal y lo humano y tambíen exploran las posibilidades transformacionales y plancenteras de la figura no humana. Esta serie invita a artistas a considerar la corporalidad de lo abyecto, lo degradado, lo no humano, lo infrahumano, lo animal. En Cuatro Patas asume posiciones y realidades alternativas e imperativos politicos que imaginan el mundo de otra manera. Los cuatro eventos que conforman esta serie incluirán performances, cine y video, y se realizarán en el Museo Broad. Por medio de esta serie, artistas de Los Ángeles y de América Latina se reunirán para movilizar el cuerpo a través de varias intervenciones. Los eventos comenzarán en enero de 2018 y son parte de Getty’s PST: LA/LA Performance Series y continuarán durante todo el año.

Fechas de rendimiento de En Cuatro Patas

  • Sábado, 20 de enero
  • Jueves, 24 de mayo
  • Jueves, 11 de octubre
  • Jueves, 15 de noviembre


Nao Bustamante is an internationally recognized artist, residing in Los Angeles. Bustamante's precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, filmmaking, sculpture and writing. She has exhibited, among other locations, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Museum of Modern Art in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival/New Frontier, Outfest International Film Festival, El Museo del Barrio in New York, First International Performance Biennial, Deformes in Santiago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. Bustamante has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Chase Legacy award in Film, a CMAS-Benson Latin American Collection Research Fellowship and a Makers Muse Award from the Kindle Foundation. Bustamante is an alumna of the San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres program and the Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently, she holds the position of Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.

Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border who performs and works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness and Mexicanidad. Her practice integrates performance, sex acts, and burlesque with video, photography and objects. Throughout her multiple works, she teeters between abjection and joy, and problematizes the borders between proper and improper racial, gender and queer subject.

Ibarra’s work has been featured at El Museo de Arte Contemporañeo in Bogotá, The Broad in Los Angeles, Popa Gallery in Buenos Aires, Joe’s Pub in New York, PPOW Gallery in New York and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She has been awarded the Art Matters Grant, NALAC Fund for the Arts, ReGen Artist Fund and the Franklin Furnace Fund Performance and Variable Media Award.

As a community organizer, Ibarra’s work is located within immigrant, anti-rape and prison abolitionist movements. Since 2003, she has actively participated in organizing with INCITE!, a national feminist of color organization dedicated to creating interventions at the intersection of state and interpersonal violence. She currently lectures within the Critical Studies program at California College of the Arts.


Nao Bustamante es un artista conocida internacionalmente y radicada en Los Ángeles, California. El trabajo precario de Bustamante incluye performance, video instalaciones, cine, escultura y escrituraBustamante ha presentado en galerías, museos, universidades y sitios clandestinos alrededor del mundo y ha expuesto, entre otros lugares, en el Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo de Londres, el Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York, el Museo de Arte Moderno de San Francisco, el Festival Internacional de Sundance / Nueva Frontera, el Festival Internacional de Cine de Outfest, el Museo del Barrio de Arte Contemporáneo, la Primera Bienal de Performance Internacional realizada en Santiago de Chile y el Museo Kiasma de Helsinki. En el 2001 recibió la Beca Anónimo fue una Mujer (Anonymous Was a Woman); en el 2007 fue becaria de la Fundación de Artes de Nueva York, y de Lambent. En el 2008, recibió el premio Chase Legacy en Cine (junto a Kodak y HBO). Durante el 2014 y el 2015, Bustamante fue Artista en Residencia en la Universidad de California, Riverside y en el 2015 Académica en Residencia de UC-MEXUS, en preparación para una exposición individual en el Vincent Price Art Museum de Los Ángeles. El trabajo de video de Bustamante es parte de la Colección Kadist. Bustamante es egresada del programa New Genres del Instituto de Arte de San Francisco y de la Escuela de Pintura y Escultura Skowhegen. Actualmente, Bustamante es Profesora de Arte en la USC Roski School of Art and Design donde también oficia cómo Decana de Arte y Directora del Programa de MFA. 

Xandra Ibarra, originaria del área fronteriza de El Paso/Ciudad Juárez y actualmente radicada en Oakland, California, es una artista de performance que trabaja bajo el alias de La Chica Boom. Ibarra usa modos hiperbolizados de racializacíon y sexualización para testear los límites entre su proprio cuerpo y la colonialidad, la blancura forzada (compulsory whiteness) y la Mexicanidad. En su práctica de artística, un modo de investigacion basado en la experiencia, Ibarra integra performance, actos sexuales y burlesque junto a video, fotografía y objectos. En sus múltiples obras, Ibarra transita entre la abyeccion y la alegría y problematiza las fronteras entre lo apropriado y lo incorrecto en relación al sujeto racial, de género y queer.

El trabajo de Ibarra se ha sido exhibido en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá, Colombia, en el Museo Broad (Los Angeles), en la Popa Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina), en Joe's Pub (NYC) y en PPOW Gallery (Nueva York, NY) y Yerba Buena Center Para las artes (San Francisco, CA). Ibarra ha sido galardonada con la Beca de Art Matters, el Fondo de NALAC, el ReGen Artist Fund y el Premio de Franklin Furnace Performance y Variable Media. 

El trabajo de Ibarra como organizadora comunitaria se concentra en movimientos abolicionistas de la prisión, derechos de los inmigrantes y en contra de la violación. Desde 2003, ha participado activamente en la organización INCITE!, una organización nacional feminista de color dedicada a crear intervenciones en el cruce entre violencia estatal e interpersonal. Actualmente, Ibarra da clases en el programa de Estudios Críticos de la California College of the Arts.