Friday, November 23, 2012
A Queer Activism
This week our queer arts class had a surprise visit from Visa, a Cuban, transgender sex worker. As surprised as I was at her presence in the class, I must say that I admire the character for all she stands for and all that she believes in. Visa is a very “in your face” type of character. She says what she wants, when she wants, and she is not afraid of those who disagree with her. This character trait is one of the reasons I was drawn to Visa’s performance. She was not afraid to address issues that most people turn a blind eye to. During her performance the actor behind the character of Visa, Karen Anzoategui, stated that her performance caused controversy for some individuals. Some people felt Visa was incorrectly representing a group of individuals which she did not personally belong too. Though I could understand why some individuals would feel offended by the work of this artist, the words of Visa are not meant to offend, but rather her words are meant to create conversations around what are thought to be taboo topics. I personally liked the performance for all that it was; even the surprise element that it had to it. I believe that Anzoategui is not trying to speak for a certain group of individuals but she is trying to start a conversation on a group of people that are severely underrepresented; she is using Visa as a form of activism to let silenced voices and invisible presences cease from going unnoticed.