Pietá: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz
March 21, 2017
Brought to the Rollins campus as a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar and organized by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz shares that she was compelled to create the durational performance piece, Pietá, because "as a woman of color and mother to a small, brown boy, I am haunted by the inevitable truth that my son will experience trauma because of the color of his skin. He will be ostracized, questioned, confronted, contested, and presumed incompetent. He will be tested, taunted, harassed-and that is the easy part. What plagues me is much darker, scarier: Sirens, flashing red and blue lights, a knock at my door, somber faces and that somehow he asked for it. With all of the attention placed on the loss of life among young men of color at the hands of bias crimes, I reflect on a mother's worst nightmare come true. This is not just a performance piece about social (in)justice, but a moment to grieve."
The performance at Knowles Chapel on the campus of Rollins College will be accompanied by a brochure featuring Raimundi-Ortiz's sketches and written pieces by Rollins College Professor of History, Julian Chambliss, Curator Amy Galpin, and Fred Hicks Fellow Sarah Castro.
Wanda Raimundi-Oritz is Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, Florida School of Visual Arts and Design. Her work has been widely exhibited and was featured in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum's Summer 2016 exhibition Displacement: Symbols and Journeys. This is the premiere performance of Pietá, which will be performed next at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
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