Xandra Ibarra


Xandra Ibarra. Photo by Jamie Thrower.

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. La Chica Boom is a performance art project that uses hyper-raciality/sexuality/gender as an experience based mode of inquiry into her relationship with coloniality, compulsory whiteness and Mexicanidad. Ibarra uses video, objects, photography and sex acts to evoke comedic and melancholic racial and sexual expectation. Her aim is to amplify gendered and racialized iconography and make such problematic constructions via spectacle more transparent to the spectator‚—what she calls spictacles—camp spectacles of degeneracy and power.

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 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.

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.