The Indictment of Cora Montgomery
2014, performance, my own blood, cactus, chain, white house paint, floor scrubber, self-portraits, digital photographs

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I use a passage from the book entitled Eagle Pass and/or Life on the Border, in which the author, Cora Montgomery, divulges a gruesome colonialist agenda for overthrowing indigenous cultures of South Texas and also confesses frustration about their defiance to becoming enslaved by white settlers. I create a performance piece centered around the scrubbing, purification, and subsequent removal of a white-washed skin. The performance reveals itself as a painful, transformative ritual of destroying and creating new flesh, and likewise, a ritual for creating new identity free from the imposition of colonialism.