Celebrated LA-based artist, filmmaker and performance art provocateur NAO BUSTAMANTE presents her first comprehensive survey of work in film, video and performance documents, ‘Nao Bustamante is DELUSIONAL (on screen)’, this Thursday 7th November at 8:30pm at REDCAT, LA in collaboration with Dirty Looks.
From Joan Rivers’ couch to Bravo’s Work of Art, few other artists have spread their hustle across screens quite like Nao Bustamante. Playing a variety of televisual modes off of one another – Telenovela, True Crime, Reality TV and Artist’s Video – the program ricochets across media, ruminating on the brown body in an ever-shifting American pop culture landscape, questioning the role of the artist: to probe, exploit, engage and untangle this mess we’re in.
Program will include:
Silver & Gold, HD Video, 11min., 2009
Rosa Does Joan, video, 7min., 1994
Sans Gravity, 1min., 2000
Life Style (with Mads Lynneerup + Eamon Ore-Giron), video, 7min., 2000
Work of Art (“A Shock to the System,” Se.1 Ep.4), video, 5min. (excerpt), 2010
The Perfect Ones (with Matt Johnstone), video, 8min., 2006
Fantasy, video, 4min., 1998
A Story, video, 4min., 2005
Tableau, HD Video, 17min., 2013
Untitled #1, video, 4min., 2006
The Chain South, video, 7min., 1994
Reveal, HD video, 7min., 2015
Nao Bustamante’s precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, filmmaking, sculpture and writing. Currently she holds the position of Professor of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. There, she also serves at the Director of the MFA in Art. Her work has been screened and produced at institutions and festivals like The Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival, MIX NYC, la Filmoteca de Andalucía and the Centre Pompidou.
Dirty Looks Inc is a platform for queer film, video and performance founded in 2011 by Bradford Nordeen. Using film and time-based art to illuminate queer histories and liminal spaces across Los Angeles and New York City, Dirty Looks traces contemporary queer aesthetics through historical works, presenting quintessential GLBTQ film and video, alongside up-and-coming artists and filmmakers. Dirty Looks exhibits a lineage of queer tactics and visual styles for younger artists, casual viewers and seasoned avant-garde filmgoers, alike. A nebulous collective, we have worked closely with Karl McCool, Clara López Menéndez, in addition to over 50 guest curators, through our month-long, city- spanning festival Dirty Looks: On Location.
REDCAT, Calarts downtown center for the contemporary arts, presents Nao Bustamante is DELUSIONAL (on screen) Thursday, November 7, 2019, 8:30 pm at REDCAT 631 W 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012, $8-$15.
For more information head to dirtylooksla.org and http://www.redcat.org and purchase tickets here.