Dangerous Border Crossers: The Artist Talks Back

By Guillermo Gómez-Peña | Go to book overview

Performance Memory

Tijuana, 1994

I sit naked on a wheelchair wearing a NAFTA wrestling mask my chest is covered with pintas shit like:

“los chucos también aman”

“me dicen el jalapeño pusher”

“Aztlán es pure genitalia”

“the bells are ringing in Baghdad”

“greetings from Ocosingo”

“too blessed to be stressed”

“don’t worry, be Hopi”

“burritos unidos hasta la muerte”

“no one can like a Mexican”

“la ganga no morirá”

“New Orleans ain’t my barrio”

“Selena, forever reina”

“to die is to perform the last strip-tease”

“mwan vit u creve”

enigmatic pintas, may I say

say, say, say…

(I try to speak but I can’t)

I can barely speak tonite

(I whisper into the mic)

-73-

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