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Café Espelho (Cafe Mirror)
Mixed-media Installation, included in Reason & Reverie, Thompson Gallery, San Jose, CA September 2018.

Cafe Mirror offers information on three situations growing in parallel throughout Portugal: gentrification, real estate speculation, and an affordable housing crisis. The video, À Venda, features interviews and footage collected in Portugal. Placed in the setting of a simulacrum of a Portuguese Café, Café Espelho provides a place of contemplation and conversation, where experiences surrounding the issue of affordable housing might be shared, compared, and considered in the spirit of problem-solving. The video, À Venda, is also included in The Cost of Living.
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Café Espelho
, Mixed-media installation; Video Stills from À Venda, Café Espelho; Stills of additional footage from À Venda


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O Custo de Vida (The Cost of Living)
Mixed-media solo exhibition installed on all three floors of Galeria do Sol, Porto, Portugal, November, 2018.
Featured three bodies of related work: À Venda (For Sale) on the ground level, Monument: 91 Images of One Vacant Property for Sale in the basement, and Our Agents on the loft level. Together, the three bodies of work offer a cross-cultural dialogue between the United States and Portugal, two nations where working class people suffer from the effects of gentrification and lack of affordable housing, for both different and related reasons.


À Venda (For Sale)
Mixed-media installation with video, as installed at Galeria do Sol, Porto, Portugal, November 2018.

The faux real estate brochure, Buena Vista, features a narrative on the reverse side, written by Mendoza, which provides context for the work. A4 version of the brochure was printed in Portugal and measures 210 by 297 millimetres (8.3 in × 11.7 in).

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Monument: 91 Images of One Vacant Property for Sale
Mixed-media installation with audio, as installed in the basement at Galeria do Sol, Porto, Portugal, November 2018.

Each image measures 12″ x 15.” Archival digital prints. Detail of selected images below.
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The Monument - site specific version (left) as installed in the basement of Galeria do Sol; audio/speaker beneath the mound of earth plays night sounds with crickets; (right) as envisioned in other potential incarnations of the installation. The custom-made acrylic pedestal, 36″ high, 14″ diameter top, reflects the commercial, nouveau riche character of the real estate business, in contrast with the somber nature of the granite monument, measuring 6″ x 12″ with rough sides and a slanted surface; height measures 2″ in front, 4″ in back. The word SECURITY is etched into its polished surface.

Our Agents
Mixed-media installation as installed at Galeria do Sol, Porto, Portugal, November 2018.
Each agent measures 12″ x 16″ with faux mat included. Banner prints measure 24″ x 90″ each.
Archival digital prints.
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Our Agents, as installed for Lie, Cheat, Steal: Contemporary Art and Ethics, Kresge Gallery, Lyon College, AR December, 2019.
3-panel metal prints measure 36″ x 72″ total, with aluminum sign above, and aluminum brochure box with brochures beside image panels.

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Each “agent” is a composite of at least 6 images of actual real estate agents. Rather than simply criticizing the real estate profession alone, my agents are intended to serve as a metaphor for a flawed system.

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An 8.5″ x 11″ version of the same brochure pictured above (with O Custo de Vida) is included with the new, metal print version of the piece. The faux real estate brochure, Buena Vista, features a narrative on the reverse side, written by Mendoza, which provides context for the work.

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Custom brushed aluminum sign is 4′ long, letters 6″ high.