Santana Jiménez

Interior Knowledge converses with the concept of “vulvic space,” a term coined by my foremother, Carolee Schneemann. I enact a radical union that utilizes tools of patriarchal oppression and, in the process of privately performing this project, I disrupt their intended use by inserting them in the vagina. This marriage of flesh and mechanics thereby stresses a dual potential, effectively subverting masculinist instrumentality while asserting vaginal power and its potential for disruption.

Santana Jiménez, born in Oklahoma, activates her lens-based work through multiplicity—utilizing gesture, audio, sculpture, and language. Engaging with American collective consciousness, Santana confronts uncomfortable truths to induce vital conversation.