is a Brooklyn-based writer and curator studying feminist art and film movements. She is currently an MA candidate at CUNY Hunter College.
In the early 1980s, postcolonial theorist Homi Bhabha coined the term fixity to describe the motifs and symbols visual discourse has used to craft harmful stereotypes and establish the difference of minoritized communities. Usually involving references to supposed violence or sexual deviance by highlighting the physical body and its flesh, this covert language of images perpetuates prejudice against the Other. It is this visual lexicon that the Oakland-based artist Xandra Ibarra explores, parodies, and reclaims in her exhibition Forever Sidepiece, showing at Queenss Knockdown Center through October 27.