Land of the Free
with the participation of community members who want to join him in
reading the U.S. Constitution in its entirety aloud
Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Migrant Detention Center
920 Bougainville Blvd
Homestead, FL 33039
“LAND OF THE FREE” IS A PERFORMATIVE WORK BY XAVIER CORTADA THAT TAKES HIS “OATH” PROJECT (https://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/article127475434.html) AS ITS POINT OF DEPARTURE.
Oath was a performative piece Cortada performed on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, at at the Miami Light Project (www.miamilightproject.com) Through the work, Cortada brought citizens together towards a common purpose to uphold our Constitution. As part of Cortada’s performance, Former US Attorney Marcos Jimenez administered this Oath to all those present at noon (the exact time that the President-Elect took office):
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute my role as #Citizen of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, #preserve, #protect and #defend the #Constitution of the United States.
Reading of the US Constitution
Individuals gathered to simultaneously read the United States Constitution out loud in English, in Spanish, and in Haitian Creole.
Oath served to launch Culture of Resistance,” a 48-month, socially-engaged performance project by Xavier Cortada.