Awilda Rodríguez Lora

Awilda Rodriguez Lora, photo by Curá de Espantos Lara Medina

In a continuing series of performative explorations around the concept of La Mujer Maravilla, LMM: #15 questions the existence and powers of “The Wonder Woman,” as well as our expectations of her. Using movement, sound, video, and improvisation, Awilda Rodríguez Lora challenges concepts of womanhood, sexuality, self-determination, and the female body’s value in the art market.

Awilda Rodríguez-Lora is a performance choreographer. Her work challenges misconceptions about womanhood through the exploration of sexuality, empowerment, and self-determination. These concepts are explored through the use of movement, sound, and video as well as through a methodology she calls the “economy of living”–which can either potentiate or subtract from her body’s “value” in the contemporary art market. Born in Mexico, raised in Puerto Rico, and working in-between North and South America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Rodríguez-Lora’s performances traverse multiple geographic histories and realities. In this way, her work promotes progressive dialogues regarding hemispheric colonial legacies, and the unstable categories of race, gender, class, and sexuality. Her life project is La Mujer Maravilla has had several iterations; its main objective is to challenge the term “woman” as it is assigned at times to our bodies, with expectations of femininity that often render the quest of understanding oneself challenging. Thru the exploration of performance, dance and digital image, La Mujer Maravilla deconstructs the imaginary ideals of womanhood that are placed upon our bodies as women identified people living and challenging what it means to be US.