Santo Y Blue Demon en el Terciopelo Sangriento
materials: film ‘Santo y Blue Demon Contra los Monstruos,’ velvet, candles, taxidermy chickens, minaret, Spanish Missal and Bible
Created in two locations, the entrance of a crawlspace in the Frick Fine arts building basement and the Frick Fine Arts gallery, this installation traces two aspects of cultural history: personal identification as Latino versus the cultural consumption of the mestizo identity. The appropriated film in its entirety, Santo y Blue Demon Contra los Monstruos (1970), plays in loop over the partial silver screen. The first iteration utilizes the depth of the crawl space where a reproduction of a slaughtered hen hangs inverted in an eye-level shadow box, fragmenting the projection. For the second iteration, I filled an entire room in the Frick Fine Arts gallery with velvet curtains floor to ceiling, candles, and icons of the titular Santo.
University of Pittsburgh’s 2011 Arts and Sciences Dean's Award recipient