Cuba Esperando was filmed in Havana, Cuba. The premise of the piece is time, waiting, and the perception of time. Inspired by Cuba’s Radio Reloj, Cuba Esperando follows a variety of individuals throughout the city of Havana in various forms of waiting. The video is screened flat (either projected or via a monitor mounted behind the wall) at the end of a long 3 ft wide black hallway. From afar, the images read as photographs until the viewer witnesses a slight change in movement or change in scenery/character. This playful change encourages the viewer to walk down the long narrow black hallway to approach the piece from a more intimate distance. From this intimate distance, the viewer is able to experience further subtle nuances in the video. On a crowded day, the narrowness of the black hallway discourages too many viewers from approaching the space simultaneously, thereby creating a line of people waiting to see a video piece about waiting.
Cuba Esperando, 2004
From the Axé series:
Filmed on Wall Street and the surrounding area, "Untitled Video #4/ Ode to the African Burial Ground" (the video on the right) uses the language and complexities of capoeira to explore ownership, identity and physical locale, and the reoccurring concerns of the trickster and shapeshifting. Disguised as Wall Street corporate types, two men engage in a playful jogo de capoeira on the land that was once the African Burial Ground and the Wall Street slave market. The footage filmed in Port Authority (the video on the left) was a precursor to "Ode to the African Burial Ground."
Untitled, 2006 (From the "Tip Off" Series)
This is a mixed-media installation that incorporates a video piece and a sound installation. A wide range of ideas and cultural phenomena that include hip-hop culture, capoeira, carnival, and notions of ceremony and ritual influenced this project. Although the project was influenced by all of these things, it hinged on the concepts of order, structure, and control and how these concepts relate to time and space.