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Nao Bustamante and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario

Gender Reveal Party Extravaganza

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, originally from California; she now resides in Los Angeles. Bustamante's precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. The New York Times says, "She has a knack for using her body." She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival, Outfest International Film Festival, El Museo del Barrio Museum of Contemporary Art, First International Performance Biennial, Deformes in Santiago, Chile and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. She was also an unlikely contestant on TV network, Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist." In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. Bustamante is alum of the San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres program and the Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently she holds the position of Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.

Los Angeles native Marcus Kuiland-Nazario is an artist, curator and producer who is a 30 year veteran of the LA art and performance scenes. He is a founding artist and or co founder of: Viva! the nation’s first Latino Gay and Lesbian Arts Organization, The 18th Street Arts Center, Highways Performance Space, Clean Needles Now, Max 10 Performance Lab and Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Kuiland-Nazario was also a co director of Crazyspace, a time based performance gallery, along with Asher Hartman, Michael Sakamoto, Carol McDowell, Rochelle Fabb and Curt Lemieux. His performance works have been included in national and international festivals, including the Rapture Festival at the ICA London, and the Rompeforma Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In Los Angeles, Kuiland-Nazario has performed at L.A.C.E., The Mark Taper Forum, USC, UCLA, Track 16, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, and many underground/night club/alternative sites including the streets. He has also been a contributing writer at the LA WEEKLY. Kuiland-Nazario was an active member of ACT UP Los Angeles and co produced their notorious sex positive warehouse party fund raisers. He also hosted an iteration of NYC’s legendary, Clit Club in his apartment, and was a member of the collective Powers of Desire. His current work, a series of album interventions/performances titled Maxi Kitsch has been exhibited in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. For PST/LALA Kuiland-Nazario curated and produced VARIEDADES at The Mayan (A performance art variety show including works by Rafa Esparza, Nao Bustamante, Alice Bag, Dorian Wood, Selene Luna and Cheech Marin) and created a video installation titled Si Pero No that was part of Self Help Graphics Day of the Dead exhibition.