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Jenny Priego

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Adelita Pata de Perro Vietnam, Mui Nei Sand Dune , 2010 Photography 8" X 10" © Jenny Priego
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Chicago
Birth year
1979
Lives in
Chicago
Statement

Jenny Priego is a visual and performance artist who draws inspiration from her existence as a feminine being. She uses several media to interpret her self exploration, including technology, her body, her voice and formal art technique.

Recently, writer Ana Castillo described Priego as a “Chicago performance artist who has begun an exciting self exploration through her self portraits with photography and video, from neo Mexican Revolutionary soldadera who break borders by appearing in unexpected locations around the globe to 'spoiled bride' portraits. Priego is a feminist who believes that femininity is not cause for victimization by society. Instead, the feminine subject challenges society through her femininity “

Priego's Adelita Pata de Perro is an ongoing project based on the Mexican Revolution's soldaderas, female soldiers who fought alongside male revolutionaries. Priego sees the early twentieth century rifle toting revolutionary as a twenty first century Wonder Woman breaking borders throughout the planet.

Using herself to represent this figure, she intervenes in international spaces, posing at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Coliseum in Rome, among others. Priego's Fade Out bride series critiques the sanctity of marriage and bridal trends. In collaboration with La Pocha Nostra (under the direction of artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña ), she has portrayed the the feminine image of the Chola Stewardess and the Burka and American Flag Bikini woman.

Her development and self examination continue as she explores ancient godesses and their counterparts.