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Video Response #1 – Gomez-Pena, Baca, Ukeles Colby Springer Freedom: we feel that it is guaranteed to us, we feel that we deserve it, and above all, we feel that we need it. No one will argue the point that freedom is the cornerstone of our American society. As this may be, some might argue the fact that freedom is just a frame of mind and not reality within our culture. If you asked such artists as Gomez- Pena, Mierle Ukeles, and Judith Baca, they would most likely tell you that our system is flawed. Either through racial prejudices, cultural misconceptions, or environmental destruction, our “freedom” is constricted into the very frame that our surroundings encompass. The role of activism within Gomez-Pena’s “dioramas” or “performances” creates his artwork and is easily identified inside his message. Gomez-Pena feels that the Latino population is largely mistaken in the United States and that stereotypical thoughts guide many false beliefs about the Latino culture and her people. In Gomez-Pena’s performance piece, “The Temple of Confessions”, Pena uses stereotypical Mexican clothes along with traditional Aztec chieftain garments. He uses these ‘holy’ creatures effectively, and many of the visitors to the performance feel obligated to express regrets, personal feelings, and sometimes, racist convictions. These convictions only prove Gomez-Pena’s socio-political views of United States and Latino relations. Mierle Ukeles has used activism to transform undesirable objects into beautiful works of art. She has used her special artwork in a way that makes society rethink, and reestablish, the very construction of our cultural space and of our society. At the Fresh Kills Landfill, Ukeles has altered a heaping pile of trash into a stunning piece of modern art. The artwork has significant importance because it has contradicted our previous thoughts about “waste” and what we consider “useless.” Nonetheless, Mierle Ukeles has proved that even the most mundane items can be of substance and useful within a Utopian society. As Mierle Ukeles says, her artwork is as, "a flow of waste, it's a flow of life. The Hudson River adds to the notion of constant flow. It's like our primal source cleansing the whole city - very much a part of life." Judith Baca created a giant mural in California called “Great Wall of Los Angeles.” However, this was not any ordinary mural. This large work or art contains the history, and struggles, of the people of Los Angeles and California. Baca employed 100 people to create this half mile history lesson, and successfully gave the already culturally diverse city a new insight into the exquisite diversity that the city contains. Judith Baca has constructed other culturally diverse murals, such as “World Wall: A Vision of the Future without Fear” that have conveyed global importance; war, peace, cooperation, interdependence, and spiritual growth. Baca successfully creates a virtual “World Village” that will introduce the public to the diverse past, current world events, and the future of our society.
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