Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me)

2014-2016

Installation. 3 channel HD Video

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Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me) is a project that approaches to current circumstances in U.S society from Yali's experience living in U.S as an immigrant coming from Cuba. It is inspired by Joseph Beuys’s performance piece I Like America and America likes me which it has influenced her to explore notions of self-insulation and social alienation. The project began with her involvement in the city of Chicago, where she attended to graduate school. It includes interviews to people born and raised in the United States from various racial, ethnic backgrounds and social groups. They give their opinions about society in relation to education system, racism, art practice and US politics. The project combines interviews with video-performances, costumes, installation, and a documentary. 

View from Installation at the exhibition Yo he visto en la noche oscura (Una pelea cubana), Carlos Garaicoa Open Studio 11.0, Madrid, Spain, (February 2016)

28:47 min

HD 16:9 format video, colour, sound

The documentary is the final stage of the project. It blurs the line between documentary and video art. It is characterized by the use of humor and surreal propositions that playfully and subversively invert expectations. With the project Yali tries to position herself within a society that is still very foreign to her and she doesn't fully understand (US).

EXHIBITIONS and SCREENINGS

2016

Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me), screening at Sometimes Art Space, Havana, Cuba

Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me), screening at Centro de Desarrollo, Havana, Cuba

#makeamericagreatagain, White Box, NY, US

Yo he visto en la noche oscura (Una pelea cubana), Carlos Garaicoa Open Studio 11.0, Madrid, Spain

2015

Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me), screening at Hyde Park Free Theater, Chicago, US

FVNMAS Festival, Gener Siskel Film Center, Chicago, US

Normal Is Good "I like America and America likes me", (video-installation), Sage Studio Display Case (SAIC), Chicago, US