Guillermo Gomez-Pena Characteristics

In his performances and manifestos, "border artist" Guillermo Gomez-Pena draws attention to the cultural fissure dividing the two worlds that he and other Latinos inhabit; as he says in Border Brujo he is "floating on the ether that is the present tense of California and the past tense of Mexico." Born and raised in Mexico City, Gomez-Pena came to the United States in 1978 and has since then been exploring cross-cultural issues and North/South relations with the use of several media: performance, radio art, book art, bilingual poetry, journalism, video, and installation. A founding member of the Border Arts Workshop, Gomez-Pena is a noted member of Post-Arte, a network of Latin American conceptual artists and visual poets. Using his body, language, and wit as primary tools, his work challenges conventions of race, culture and class.

--Video Databank Catalog

Guillermo Gomez-Pena