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Guillermo Gómez-Peña - Performance as Reverse Anthropology

An evening with artist and writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña at the British Museum 21 March 2003, BP Lecture Theatre

In the context of his performance Ex-Centris (A Living Diorama of Fetish-ized Others)at Tate Modern,the critically acclaimed Mexican artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña presented his hybrid performance-installation work which draws on popular culture,technology,anthropology and post-colonial studies. He has been described as among the most significant of late-twentieth-century performance artists (Village Voice). Born and raised in Mexico City and based in the US since 1978,Gómez-Peña was co-founder of the Border Arts Workshop in the BORDER area of San Diego-Tijuana. Alongside his artistic work,which critics have termed Chicano-Cyber-punk performances and ethno-techno art he is also an incisive cultural critic who contributes to radio and magazines in the US and Mexico.He is author of several publications including The Warrior for Gringostroika,The New World (B)order, The Temple of Confessions and most recently Dangerous Border Crossers. The performance/lecture was introduced by Gabriela Salgado,curator of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art (UECLAA).

This event was organised in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency and UECLAA. Guillermo Gómez-Peña presented Ex Centris (A Living Diorama of Fetish-ized Others) as part of the Live Art Development Agency's Live Culture event at Tate Modern (27 March 2003). For more information please visit www.liveartlondon.demon.co.uk
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Guillermo Gómez-Peña

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