Invasorix - Metale la mano a su puesto V.I.P.!

For AKI AORA 2019 Invasorix were invited back to continue their research from last year’s residency in public space. For AKI AORA 2018 members of Invasorix (Unx and Nabil)  explored, through body and dance, musical genres to "perrear" to. Having selected various reggaetón, dancehall, funky carioca, champeta, choke tracks whose lyrics uncharacteristically empowered women, they carried out different physical provocations as forms of queer feminist protest on the streets of Tulum.  They used their bodies as a gesture to appropriate and reclaim public space, often positioning themselves near construction sites as a signifier to the incessant real estate construction that is part of the landscape of Tulum and that undermines the illusion, ‘eco-chic’ pretension of the place. These dances and music acted to deconstruct the exoticization and mythification of women and femininity defined on the basis of stereotypes of gender, sexuality and radicalization.

Over the past year, as an extension of this research they have been developing their own reggaeton song "My Güerx skin hurts horribly” to further probe how this musical genre can be implemented and understood as a ‘decolonial’ and feminist gesture. This led to the development of their new project for this year ‘Cop a feel on your V.I.P. position’ as they continued to explore public and private fluxes that site Tulum as a ‘caribbean paradise.’

For their first public intervention they set up a beauty studio in Tulum town’s streets - a deliberate alternative to the vernacular almost privatized beach-strip massage loungers aimed at servicing wealthy tourists. Instead they offered free facials exclusively to local Tulum residents. With their newly acquired, inconveniently long manicured nails, animal print pinnies and bright shorts as uniform they performed facial treatments which included ‘White Noise’ and ‘Give Back the Gold’ - the masks’ removal and accompanying salon conversations as symbolic cathartic acts to cleanse their clients of this ‘white noise’ probing the contradictions inherent in Tulum’s increasing take-over by the predominantly white privileged tourist.

Their project developed into working out how to rightfully and meaningfully acknowledge their own participation in this "white noise" as visiting artists, those culpable of coming to Tulum’s lands to intervene in the landscape, attempting to impose their own ways of being, living and thinking,  in parallel to the tourist who arrives to the paradisiac place to consume, without caring about the social devastation and the environment that it leaves in its wake.

They developed several performative strategies to further investigate this position of privilege, firstly one in which they questioned their peers within the AKI AORA residency. Posing relevant and often uncomfortable questions to the other participants on the spot in front of a camera, questions that we as art practitioners are constantly considering; ‘What do you think of as privilege?’ as well as ‘How do you think art contributes to gentrification?’....

For their final performance, using a megaphone and dance they galvanized residents and tourists from the town’s most populated night-time area, calling any near-by observers to the space of performance, a wall near the street containing the town’s local reggaeton bar. They started their work with a bold performance of their reggaeton song who’s content reinforced and further probed questions of  ‘white privilege’ and mocked and advised the guerra or ‘pale one’ on being more aware and demands that they face their ‘TASTY PRIVILEGES!’....WE TWERK THE WHITE SUPREMACIST CAPITALIST PATRIARCHY TO SMASH ITS COLONIALISM AND MONOPOLY.’

A video compilation of the interviews by residents and themselves on these notions then followed, focusing on the varying positions of the Mexican, US and British members of the residency, a ‘commercial break’ then ensued with a short advert containing the different facial masks they’d invented before culminating in a text-based intervention on the wall in Spanish and Mayan… a lasting public intervention for Spanish and Mayan speaking audiences along these themes of privilege.

INVASORIX FROM NEPANTLA

WITH REAL AND IMAGINARY FRIENDS

 

WHITEY! CUTEY! PINKY!

 

LO GÜERO SO UBIQUITOUS

LO GÜERO SETTLED IN YOUR MIND

LO GÜERO INTERNAL AND TRICKY

LO GÜERO WITHOUT MERIT AND SO PRIVILEGED

 

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL GÜERIX

WE ARE HERE TO TELL YOU SOMETHING

 

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE, THIS IS NOTEWORTHY

LO GÜERO FUCKS, OH SO SNEAKILY

ITS NOISE SO WHITE, SO POWERFUL

 

I DON’T  NEED YOU TO COME TO EXOTIZE ME

IF YOU WANT TO DANCE WITH ME

YOU’VE TO SHAKE IT TO EXCORCIZE

YOU’VE TO SHAKE IT TO EXCORCIZE

 

HEY MONIX, SUCK IT UP AND LISTEN!

 

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

SERIOUSLY, YOUR SKIN HURTS?

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

SERIOUSLY, IT IS ABOUT COLOR?

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

SERIOUSLY, OUR SKIN HURTS?

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

 

YOU’LL SEE WE’LL HEAT YOU UP

YOU’LL SEE WE’LL HEAT YOU UP

 

TO READ ABOUT RACISM DOESN’T MAKE YOU SWEAT

OUR WHITE ACADEMY DISSECTS MELANIN  

THEY WANT TO CIVILIZE IN THE NAME OF THEORY

OH, SO STUNNING YOUR MESSIANIC TRANSLATION

THAT WHAT SOAKS TO THE SKIN

CLORINATES OUR BRAINS LEAVING US COCKY

 

SERIOUSLY, YOUR SKIN HURTS?

BRING YOUR PRIVILEGES A LONG WAY

THAT WERE THERE PREVIOUSLY WITHOUT ANY EFFORT

IT’S NO MAGIC NOR TO TRICK AROUND

 

FACE YOUR TASTY PRIVILEGES!

FACE YOUR TASTY PRIVILEGES!

 

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

YOUR FACE HURTS, GÜERITX?

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

YOUR FACE HURTS, MAMITIX ?

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

WHITE VISA, PASS, PASS!

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

 

¡AHHH! ¡AHHH!

¡AHHH! ¡AHHH!

 

WE’VE WON THE JACKPOT

PLAYING IT SO HAPPILY

WITHOUT GUILT UNTIL WE KNOW IT

WITHOUT EVEN SEEING IT

 

SERIOUSLY, YOUR FACES HURT FOR BEING SO GÜERX?

DRY YOUR WHITE TEARS

AND PUT SOME CREME, MAMITIX

 

THIS REGUETÓN IS MESSING YOU UP

THIS REGUETÓN WE CAME TO TWERK IT

TO GIVE A BLOW TO SUCH WHITE NOISE

DON’T STOP ‘TIL IT’S ENOUGH

YOUR TURNED ON BODY IS REBELLIOUS

SOMETHING YOU HAVE IS CONTROLLING IT

THIS REGUETÓN IS TURNING YOU IN

 

WE TWERK THE WHITE SUPREMACIST CAPITALIST PATRIARCHY

TO SMASH ITS COLONIALISM AND MONOPOLY

 

LADIES AND GENTLEWOMAN AN INTENSE TWERKING

FOR  DAYRA FAIHA IN THE VOICE

THE AMAZING OZZ IN THE PRODUCTION

AND THE DANDY DEL SUR ON  THE DRUMS

 

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

DON’T BE FICKLE

OH SO TRICKY!

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

DROP YOUR PRECIOUS THING

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

DON’T BE FICKLE

OH SO TRICKY

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

 

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

COP A FEEL YOUR VIP POSITION

 

DROP YOUR PRECIOUS THING

THIS TASSSSSSSSSTY THING

 

HEY GÜERIX!! SUCK IT UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP