11.17.2008 / Nao Bustamante

Visual & Critical Studies Forum
Wednesday, September 17, 10 am – 12 pm
Boardroom, San Francisco campus

Nao Bustamante is a performance art pioneer. A native of the San Joaquin Valley, she lived and worked for years in San Francisco’s Mission District before taking her current position in New Media at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Her work was recently featured in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts exhibition, “The Way That We Rhyme.” Nao has curated shows for Marin Headland’s Center for the Arts as well as Galeria de la Raza and served on New Langton Arts’ Board of Directors. Her writing has been published in Revista Paralax Journal, On Our Backs and Plazm. Using the body as a source of image, narrative and emotion, her performances “communicate on the level of subconscious language, taking the spectator on a bizarre journey, cracking stereotypes by embodying them.”