The spitfire Latina with a big mouth.
The highly sexualized Latina.
The submissive Latina.
The ghetto chica Latina from the block.
The housecleaning Latina maid.
Through her work, Puerto Rican multi-media performance artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz explores how a Latina woman can individually and simultaneously fit into each of these roles.
Using satire and accessible modes of communication to shed light on such "cripplingly heavy issues", Wanda hopes to engage both art lovers and "lay people" in a discussion about why these stereotypes exist and how they are perpetuated by mass media worldwide.
Following the format of a typical Spanish-language telenovela, Wanda's latest video installation, Los Machos de Mi Vida, is on view at the Bronx Museum Project Space through December 20, 2008.
In its critical exploration of stereotypes, Wanda's work is reminiscent of Tracey Moffatt's.
Labels: gender, latin family, puerto rican, stereotypes, urban, video, women