Abstract

Abstract:

Using feminist artivism as a framework, this article examines the improvised performance of "Somos Sur" by the grassroots feminist dance group Mujeres en Resistencia of San Diego, California, with internationally renowned artists Ana Tijoux and Shadia Mansour, at the US///Mexico Border wall in 2017. Grounded in indigenous feminist epistemologies and Zapatista technologies of organizing and resistance to globalized capitalism, I locate Mujeres en Resistencia's zapateado rebelde within a transnational, women of color artivist praxis that simultaneously disrupts the normalization of colonial, imperial, and patriarchal structures of oppression at the US///Mexico border and aligns with indigenous liberation in Palestine and Chile. By reading choices in choreography and visual representation, for example, the use of the paliacate, boots, machete, and kuffiyeh, I examine the relation between zapateado rebelde and the process of becoming women of color in the context of speaking against borders and creating new spaces for feminist liberation practices through global south joint-struggles.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-0334
Print ISSN
0160-9009
Pages
pp. 61-86
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-19
Open Access
No
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