Julio Cesar Morales’s watercolor drawings, Undocumented Intervention, show a variety of surprising hiding places assumed by people trying to cross into the United States without documentation. Morales drew inspiration from both his childhood near the United States-Mexico border as well as from photographic documentation on U.S. government websites.
The video Interrupted Passage presents a performance Morales staged in the former home of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, a mid-nineteenth-century Mexican general serving in California. Reenacted here is Vallejo’s acquiescence to Americans who were attempting to overthrow Mexican governance of the region. When a small militia arrived at Vallejo’s house to arrest him, he invited them in and shared a meal. The emphasis on the role of food in Morales’s version connects this historic event to the current proliferation of food-based culture and social interaction in California.
Born in Tijuana, Mexico, San Francisco-based Julio Cesar Morales explores issues of labor, memory, surveillance technologies, and identity strategies.