Bustamante presents some of her many performance and video works, featuring personae ranging from vulnerable anti-heroines to dominant, sturdy protectors. The artist’s appearance on Bravo’s recent reality show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist led to her creation of Tierra y Libertad – Kevlar® 2945 (2011), a typical Edwardian garment worn by the women that fought in the early part of the Mexican Revolution, reproduced in Kevlar®, a fabric of the 21st century, and then tested on a ballistic range. Other works to be excerpted are Silver & Gold (2009), her ‘filmformance’ evoking legendary filmmaker Jack Smith; Find Yourself Through Me (2005), a digital portrait involving audience members; and America, the Beautiful (1995), on the blond sex-kitten archetype.
In the Film exhibitions Documentary Fortnight 2011: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media and Modern Mondays
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