Biography

I am an interdisciplinary social practice artist and researcher. My work is public and collaborative. I work through ethnographic methods to examine constructions of race, gender and class as they shape everyday performances of power in diverse communities. I perform and experiment with media and design in an effort to explore my own discomfort with identities defined by binaries, borders and bureaucracy.

I have recently exhibited fragments of ongoing research into contemporary policing practices in the United States. In this work, I seek to problematize the conventions of using force for the sake of keeping peace. I have exhibited composite portraiture, staged conflict, and re-designed weaponry to invite dialogue around this central paradox of policing practice.

Working as a senior analyst for television, my research focused on redefining gender and understanding intersectionality in media representation.

More Here: http://erikabarbosa.net/

Recent works:
Light of god. Performed at:
Current LA: Water, Los Angeles, July 2016
Pow Pow Pow Pow. Fort Mason Art Center, San Francisco, May 2016
Start Up Art Fair. San Francisco, May 2016

Policing Bodies. Windtunnel Art Gallery, ArtCenter College of Design. Pasadena, CA. April 2016 https://policingbodies.persona.co/