“Land of the Free:” On Independence Day join Xavier Cortada in reading the US Constitution at the Homestead Migrant Center

 

Land of the Free

by

Xavier Cortada

with the participation of community members who want to join him in
reading the U.S. Constitution in its entirety aloud

on
Independence Day
Thursday, July 4th, 2019
noon

at
Migrant Detention Center
920 Bougainville Blvd
Homestead, FL 33039

 

#FollowingOrders?
#FollowtheConstitutionInstead!

 

#FollowTheConstitution

 

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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
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.

 

Celebrating Gay Pride Month

Selected early works from the Xavier Cortada’s “Male Torso” series will be displayed outside the artist’s studio in the Bakehouse Art Complex during June 2016.  Cortada painted the series in 1996-97.  The exhibit celebrates Gay Pride Month 2016, honoring the advances made by the LGBTQ Community in the two decades since the works were completed.  There’s still work to be done as society continues pushing forward to bring full equality to all.

 

Xavier Cortada, "Torso 7", 72" x 40," acrylic on canvas, 1996.

Xavier Cortada, “Torso 7″, 72″ x 40,” acrylic on canvas, 1996.