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Awilda Rodríguez Lora

Awilda Rodríguez Lora

At this cosponsored artist talk, hear from Awilda Rodríguez Lora—a performance choreographer whose work challenges misconceptions about womanhood through the exploration of sexuality, empowerment, and self-determination.

Rodríguez Lora explores these concepts in her art through the use of movement, sound, and video, as well as through a methodology she calls the “economy of living”—which can either augment or subtract from her body’s “value” in the contemporary art market.

Rodríguez Lora’s 2019 residency at the Wex is made possible through our partnership with Theresa Delgadillo and Ramón Rivera-Servera. This talk is cosponsored by Ohio State’s Latino/a Studies Program; Center for Ethnic Studies; Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Department of Dance; Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy; Department of African American and African Studies; and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

More about the artist

Awilda Rodríguez Lora was born in Mexico, raised in Puerto Rico, and works in-between North and South America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean through performances that traverse multiple geographic histories and realities. In this way, her projects promote progressive dialogues regarding hemispheric colonial legacies and the unstable categories of race, gender, class, and sexuality.

Rodríguez Lora is part of the Puerto Rican Arts Initiative (PRAI), an arts incubation platform intent on incentivizing contemporary art practices that engage community in post–Hurricane María Puerto Rico. The project has received generous funds from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Northwestern University, and contributing college and university campuses hosting PRAI artists across the US.

Awilda Rodríguez Lora

Brown Girl Burlesque, Brooklyn Museum, La Mujer Maravilla: INDIA$ m.e., photo:  Daryll E. Tillman

Awilda Rodríguez Lora

Awilda Rodríguez Lora, image courtesy of the artist

Awilda Rodríguez Lora

La Mujer Maravilla: Exploración 7.1, Caguana Music Fest 2015, photo: Michelle Collado

Cardinal Health Foundation
Huntington Bank

Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation


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Awilda Rodríguez Lora