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Xandra Ibarra

is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border

Xandra Ibarra

Xandra Ibarra

Integrating her prior experience in neo-burlesque, Ibarra erotically reorganizes Mexican/Chican@ iconography to create ‘spictacles,’ spectacles of degeneracy and power that are both against and engaged in the colonial gaze.  Ibarra’s performance work calls attention to the fixed images/narratives that have reduced Mexicanidad to a list of hollow symbols. Her work is not about what Mexicanidad is but about the spectacle of mimetic Mexicanidad as a disciplined and controlled existence. Her persona,  La Chica Boom, is a performance project that explores sexual/racial representation, queer acts, and compulsory whiteness.

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 organization dedicated to creating interventions at the intersection of state and interpersonal violence.  She currently organizes with FUSE, a national grassroots collective founded by sex workers of color.  She lectures Ethnic Studies courses at San Francisco State University and presents her academic and performance work at various Universities and institutions across the country.

Ibarra’s work has been featured at Popa Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Joe’s Pub (NYC), PPOW Gallery (NYC), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), and The Burlesque Hall of Fame (Las Vegas) to name a few. She is currently an Affiliate Artist at Headland Center for the Arts and recent residencies include National Performance Network, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and CounterPulse.  She was awarded the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Away Award, ReGen Artist Fund, Theater Bay Area Grant, and the Franklin Furnace Performance and Variable Media Award.

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