View from live performance as part of the exhibition Identity. of What? at Teatro LATEA, New York, 2018.
Photo by Javier Caso
Title: Monument of the Great Living Artist
Medium: Performance, duration 8 min.
Materials: body, conceptual garment, pedestal, text, music, spoken word.
As Cuquita, The Cuban Doll, Romagoza poses for the audience with a recording of her voice reciting fragments from the essay "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” by Linda Nochlin, and she dances to “Se Acabó” (It’s Over) by Afro-Cuban singer La Lupe. As Cuquita, Romagoza interacts with Nochlin's essay as a Cuban in the US seeking to rebuild a cultural home within the US art scene where she often doesn't feel included or represented. She mocks the misogynist and racist stereotypes that particularly plague immigrant women, separated from their families and exposed to prejudice and violence on a daily basis.
At the end of the performance, Cuquita exits leaving a paper on the pedestal that says:
“American Feminism as it stands is a white middle-class movement" (Ana Mendieta).
"The Choice is yours. Say it but with an accent" (Cuquita the Cuban Doll).