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from a few recent articles:

Frida Kahlo at the synagogue: Maya Escobar and the young Jewish-American creation - David Sperber.
http://mayatalk.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/frida-kahlo-at-the-synagogue-maya-escobar/

Maya Escobar defines herself "dyslexic internet artist". And in order to view her work you need not wander far.

Her work is mostly created in familiar internet format, and is most often displayed on Youtube.
Escobar, daughter to a Jewish mother and Guatemalan father, defines her art work as ongoing personal anthropological-sociological research into the narrative language that uses contemporary media.

The "Acciones Plasticas" work includes short films that present a series of convincing characters and monologues that deal with identity questions. In the first short film in the series she appears dressed up as the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo who became an icon within the feminist discourse. it is commonly argued that Kahlo had some Jewish roots. Escobar is dressed and made up as is famously attributed to Kahlo - the uni brow - while screaming "I am Frida Kahlo, you are Frida Kahlo, we are Frida Kahlo". In agitation or in ecstasy she tears her custom, messes up her hair, wipes her make up off of her face and returns to being herself. In another short film in the series she carries on with a monologue of a jewish orthodox woman. The text here is so exact that for a minute the line between irony and slapstick to deep seriousness is blurred. In another short film the stereotypical Latin female as a sexual sensual object is presented, when here too the subject is moving between embracing the stereotypes and breaking them. Escobar is presenting different episodes that she had experienced herself and that deal with her hybrid identity as a woman, as a Jew and as a Latin American.

Who I am
http://tinyurl.com/djq3bk

Interviewing Maya is like walking through a sunny blizzard; everything comes at you fast and from all directions, but a warm smiling face guides you
through. Sometimes it seems that even her words cant match her thought process, a mind whirring with such activity that I had to ask her i she does other things besides heavy stuff. Things like sleeping.

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