NADA Miami 2020
anonymous gallery will present new works and live-stream a series of puppetry performances created, written and directed by Wendy Cabrera Rubio. Addressing historical links between the Americas, the performances highlight the implementation of rhetoric and terminology that perpetuate notions of race, ethnicity and nationality in contemporary culture.
The performance, Economías del Pacífico, references a map made by Miguel Covarrubias in 1939, which in this case, will be recreated as the backdrop for a comic dramatization of historical relations between Nelson Rockefeller and Walt Disney. The work explores the travels made by Disney to Latin America as part of “Pan-American” initiatives for the production of educational propaganda through animated films. The script and performance specifically addresses imagery from The Grain that Built a Hemisphere (1943), an animated documentary about the origin and commercial uses of corn in America.
From the gallery's new space in New York, the performative theater will be made available to a live audience, at limited capacity. The performances will be live-streamed through a variety of platforms and a conversation with the artist will follow.