Astrid Hadad poses in a strapless dress with a skirt of red and black eyes.
Conversations Music & Performance

Astrid Hadad: (De)Constructing Mexicanidad

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In this provocative performance-lecture, beloved Mexican artist Astrid Hadad explores the relationship between her work and Mexican culture and politics. Known for over-the-top costumes and fusing Mexican and Latin music into a genre she calls "Heavy Nopal," Hadad skewers Mexican hypocrisy, machismo, and corruption from a cheeky feminist perspective. For this program, Hadad recontextualizes popular Mexican symbols such as the virgin, the flag, the cactus, the heart, the mother, and the border.

Astrid Hadad: (De)construir la mexicanidad

Miércoles 29 de noviembre a las 7:30 p.m.

En este provocativo espectáculo mezcla de conferencia e interpretación, la querida artista mexicana Astrid Hadad explora la relación entre su trabajo y la cultura y la política mexicanas. Conocida por sus atuendos desbordantes y la fusión de música mexicana y latina en un género que ella denomina «Heavy Nopal», Hadad descuartiza la hipocresía, el machismo y la corrupción mexicanos desde una perspectiva feminista impertinente. Para este programa, Hadad recontextualiza símbolos populares mexicanos tales como la virgen, la bandera, el cactus, el corazón, la madre y la frontera.

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Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 is organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California. The exhibition is guest curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Andrea Giunta with Marcela Guerrero former curatorial fellow, in collaboration with Connie Butler, chief curator, Hammer Museum.

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