Putting Coyolxauhqui Back Together : Queer Nepantleras Rewriting Latinx Memory Public Deposited

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  • Indigenous and Latinx communities have always used storytelling to pass along ancestral histories and memories, whether it be through the act of speaking, performing or other types of artwork. This thesis examines the ways that queer Latinx artists are retelling the stories that have been mistold to erase, repress and ignore queer indigenous and Latinx individuals. Chapter One focuses on the movement towards a gender non-specific language through the usage of ‘x’ while also introducing Gloria Anzaldúa’s theory of nepantlas as a space navigated by Latinxs to queer and rewrite dominant understandings of being. Chapter Two looks at the poster art of Julio Salgado and Melanie Cervantes to do an aesthetic analysis of the ways that placing art in the public sphere tells stories that remember indigenous and queer histories. Additionally, by looking at the burlesque performance of Xandra Ibarra and the music videos of Persia and Daddie$ Pla$tik this project provides insight to the ways which resistance against repressive polices (such as the issues of gentrification and border violence) are shifting the political landscape in a way that responsibly acknowledges and centers queer indigenous and Latinx bodies. To conclude this thesis, I integrate my own personal storytelling as a way to exercise the types of activism the mentioned artists demonstrate. By engaging with current art activism, policies and historical moments this thesis imagines a future that centers queer and indigenous Latinxs.
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