Sat 7/25 - Sun 9/6
Ecdysis: The Molting of a Cucarachica
From 2002 to 2012, performance artist Xandra Ibarra’s burlesque persona, La Chica Boom, embodied the experience of racial and sexual abjection. Through combined parody and spectacle, La Chica Boom presented spictacles—performances that engaged hyper-visibility in order to explore the problematic realities of overtly sexualized racial tropes. Following her 2012 solo performance Fuck My Life, Ibarra resolved to abandon the persona of La Chica Boom to explore the possibilities of object-based art to reflect upon performance, ephemera, race, and sexuality.
Ecdysis: The Molting of a Cucarachica explores imagery related to the cucaracha and its life process, ecdysis, in which the insect molts or sheds its exoskeleton or outer skin. The much-stigmatized cucaracha signifies fears of overpopulation, endurance, and infestation for both home and nation. Now the cucaracha directs Ibarra in different, yet equally difficult ways of thinking through a racialized, sexualized existence. Her latest work in photography, video, and installation art reinterprets racialized costume as skin and uses the process of molting to reconsider her own relationship to La Chica Boom. Like the cucaracha, Ibarra’s own ecdysis results in leaving behind a skin, emerging anew, yet appearing exactly the same as she did before.
Wed 8/19 | 9:00 pm
A San Francisco Nightlife Fundraiser for Galeria de la Raza
Join us for the biggest dance club variety show since Sabado Gigante!
Hard French is excited to bring together our favorite nightlife events to raise funds for Galeria de la Raza. In response to the vandalizing of the Por Vida mural, we want to raise visibility of QPOC in the Mission and bring in as much awareness and money as we can for Galeria de la Raza, who have been supporting QPOC/Latino/Chicano artists for over 40 years!
Location: El Rio
Your hosts: Brown Amy and Devon Devine of Hard French
Image: Kari Orvik, Vero Majano, Amy Martinez. "The Q-Sides, Volume 7" (detail). 2015.
LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ Fall 2015 Season Opener
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Featured artists Chhoti Maa, Jason Bayani, and Open Mic with 10 spots on the list, sign-up at 7:15pm
Lunada skyrockets into our Fall 2015 season featuring CHHOTI MAA, whose raps, poems and songs are rooted in her grandmothers’ traditions of storytelling and poetic recitation, and JASON BAYANI, author of Amulet, a Kundiman fellow and veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene. The Lunada OPEN MIC has 10 spots on the list, inviting poets, lyricists, musicians, storytellers, laureates and first-timers to share their inspiration under the lunar spotlight.
Visit our Facebook event page for more information.