Julio Cesar Morales
Interrupted Passage

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.