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Dale, Dale, Dale

Natalia Cuevas

Dale, Dale, Dale is an interactive installation that addresses systemic and symbolic violence against Latinx migrant workers using the traditional act of breaking piñatas to reference the commodification of a community and culture. Within my work, I explore the piñata as a highly commodified and appropriated symbol of Mexican culture to challenge stereotypes and reconstruct the narrative surrounding Mexican bodies. I attempt to debunk the myth of the “job stealing” immigrant to expose the underlying hypocrisy surrounding exploitation of migrant labor, immigration policies, and anti-immigrant sentiment within America. Viewers are invited to engage with the shopping experience as a way to confront our abusive role as consumers.

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