i bear down; my body pulls - An Installation and Performance by Xandra Ibarra

March 25, 2021
Online Event

Join performance artist and sculptor Xandra Ibarra as she explores leather, sex, and vulnerability while activating the Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose collections at the ONE Archives. Anchored in an artistic study of Flanagan and Rose’s canonical performances exploring sadism, masochism, pleasure, illness, and disability in Los Angeles in the 1980s and ’90s, Ibarra will construct and fashion BDSM leather restraints and wheelchairs with Mexican leather tooling and upholstery. The original, site-specific, and interactive piece, performed in the ONE Archives’ cactus garden, will carry on the spirit of Flanagan and Rose.
Xandra Ibarra
, who sometimes works under the alias of La Chica Boom, is an Oakland-based performance artist and community organizer from the U.S./Mexico border region of El Paso/Juárez. Ibarra works across performance, video, and sculpture to address abjection and joy and the borders between proper and improper racial, gender, and queer subjectivities. Her art has been featured at El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Bogotá), The Broad (Los Angeles), ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), the Leslie-Lohman Museum (New York City), and the Anderson Collection (Stanford). Ibarra’s work is located within feminist, immigrant, anti-rape, and prison abolitionist movements.
Related Event:
Xandra Ibarra in Conversation with Miguel Gutierrez and Jesse Harrod 
Friday, February 19, 2021, at 1 p.m.
ONE Archives
909 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles
For more info, click here.
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Jeanne Vaccaro (ONE Archives at USC Libraries and Gender and Sexuality Studies).

Images (left to right): 
Image of Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose, 1995, Photo by Michel Delsol 
Xandra Ibarra, Molting in Pool, 2015
Xandra Ibarra, Mexi Strap-On Harnesses, 2015
Xandra Ibarra, Nude Laughing, 2016, Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk