BODIES BECOMING NATIONS OR HOW I’M STILL LEARNING TO BE FROM THE UNITED STATES IN AN ILLUSIONARY TRANSNATIONAL CONTEXT WHILE STILL ENJOYING TACOS
Complicating and blurring the lines between representational performance and life, this ongoing project documents my personal process of becoming a permanent resident of the United States. The aim is to document the corporeal and performative elements involved in becoming part of a nation and leaving another.
Gomez Peña dubs himself as post-Mexican. I however see nothing appealing about this self-asserted, post-colonial branding. It is hard to imagine that all of the bodies that flock the camiones and take twelve-hour bus rides to US consulates are salivating for such designation. I get it Gomez Peña, we need to decolonize the body, to think beyond border identities. But carnal, the endless lines suggest otherwise. I am sure you have seen it, you know the The Second Wave, La Segunda Ola?
Latinos as one of the “richest” markets.??There’s an entire text about how to target us!??See Hispanic Marketing 2nd Edition. In general,??Latinos want in to that part of ‘America’ that is still left, but also the other side wants in too. Mel Gibson is working with Banda Machos! Yes the US a bit torn down and going through its I-have-no-job-and-have-a-credit-card-bill nineteen year old phase. Don’t worry though, Latinos will come in wearing cowboy hats and boots, take up all of the mini-malls and build up large small and??medium??size markets, you know those “mom and pop” shops that all??politicians??claim we need so much.??
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