Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance (2019)

Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance

Sandra Ruiz

Ruiz argues that Ricanness—a continual performance of bodily endurance against US colonialism through different measures of time—uncovers what's at stake politically for the often unwanted, anticolonial, racialized and sexualized enduring body. Moving among theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and durational performance art, Ricanness stages scenes in which the philosophical, social, and psychic come together at the site of aesthetics, against the colonization of time. Analyzing the work of artists and revolutionaries like ADÁL, Lebrón, Papo Colo, Pedro Pietry, and Ryan Rivera, Ricanness imagines a Rican future through the time travel extended in their aethetic interventions, illustrating how they have reformulated time itself through nonlinear aesthetic practices.

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