Loosely translated as "Hairy Chested Man," HOMBRE DE PELO EN PECHO is an exploration of performative work where the artists uses his body as a platform for interaction and transformation. The performance & installation treats the grooming obsessions of Hispanic men, the pressures that society puts on them, and the stereotypes that Latin culture has about being a “real hombre.”
"Hairy Chested Man" was inspired by the constant presence of men in barbershops in northern Manhattan. The project is an exploration of identity, self control and vulnerability. As a performance it invites audiences to interact physically with the artist for the completion of an evocative narrative. As an installation, the silver surface, ephemera, and hair remnants remain in the gallery space accompanied by video documentation of the actual performance.
The following is a documentation of the performance presented at Grace Exhibition Space on Friday, October 10, 2011.