Julia Barbosa Landois (MFA '07) in Solo Exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (San Antonio, Texas), Opening June 2nd, 6pm

Julia Barbosa Landois (MFA '07) will have work featured in a solo exhibition and live performance, entitled "Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass," at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. "Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass" examines sex, masculinity, and the tourist mentality along the Texas/Mexico border.

Landois grew up in South Texas, surrounded by men who visited towns like Nuevo Laredo for prostitutes, bizarre sex shows, exotic game hunting, and recreational drinking. Like Las Vegas or Amsterdam, these towns illustrate how the concept of license can change when one changes environments. In this show, she, too, plays the part of tourist in the terrain of masculine identity and gendered desire, in a sexual rite of passage with no counterpart for women of the same culture.

This is Landois's first project using documentary material as a starting point. The installation and performance are informed by interviews conducted with friends and brothel patrons, sex tourism website testimonials, regional folklore, and ideas about sex and spirituality from ancient Mexico. Landois will perform in the installation space on June 30th with musician Erik Sanden of the art-rock band Buttercup. Creation of this work was made possible in part by the Residency Program at the Santa Fe Art Institute and an Award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, with funding provided by the Cultural Collaborative of the City of San Antonio.

To view more of Julia's work, visit http://www.julialandois.com/

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Opening Reception: Thursday, June 2nd, 6-9 pm
Live Performance: Thursday, June 30th, 7pm
Exhibition Dates: June 2nd - August 6th

Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
116 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204

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