“Tempest-Tost is a corporeal embodiment of the shift being experienced by many People of Color in the US at this time, as our emotions and rational examination of the current political situation start to evolve into a more physical manifestation. With our bodies always being at the center of politics, we are coming full circle back from emotions of sadness, rage, and disgust and putting those same bodies back to the forefront of our expression. In particular, as the Latinx community is gaining a deeper understanding of what the African American community has experienced for the whole of their existence here in the US, we are taking to the streets in greater numbers to protest shifts in our world such as the cancellation of DACA, mass deportations, and degradation of language in our national politics that does not bode well for our specific community or nation as a whole.
Tempest-Tost focuses attention on the exploitation of the brown body within a caricature of the Statue of Liberty, both of whom have been bastardized by capitalism. It is a reclamation of culture, pride, power, our physical forms, and the words inscribed at the base of the Statute of Liberty in Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus poem: ‘…Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’“
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