Julia Barbosa Landois
Julia Barbosa Landois (b. San Antonio, USA) is a multidisciplinary artist who reworks found narratives to examine gender, spirituality, ecology, and language. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Latin America and Europe. Her performances have included the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Artpace, Mexic-Arte Museum, and the Fusebox Festival. Barbosa Landois has been an artist resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute (USA), Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Norway), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany), and the Lawndale Art Center (USA). She is a co-founder of MantecaHTX and works as a studio artist and grant writer in Houston, TX.
Artist Statement My work uses pop cultural tropes and dark humor to address thorny subjects like gender, religion, ecology, and power. Explorations of language, from documentary narratives to sacred texts to remixed song lyrics, run throughout my work in performance, video, installation, and print. Code-switching and voice-switching often complicate the relationships between Spanish and English, masculine and feminine, victim and victimizer, abject and exalted. My projects cross a variety of media to examine the relationship between the intimate and the public, double meanings, mistranslations, and the ironic and unintended experiences of the written, sung, and spoken word.