Family Fiesta

"Family Fiesta" consists of my family, food, drinks and music in an outdoor setting. In this performance the public is encouraged to participate in the celebration first hand by engaging in our games, dances, music, cuisine and piñata time. In "Family Fiesta" the event is taken out of its traditional context (A cookout in a backyard or a park) to unconventional locations seeking to highlight people’s expectations of a fiesta, and at the same time, dismantling notions of location and institutional inclusion. 

Family Fiesta: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

October 22, 2014.

Located in beautiful Bentonville, Arkansas, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was the host of the inaugural "Family Fiesta" performance. Visitors entering the Museum were greeted by a full on birthday bash. My family's cake and piñata rituals were the highlight of this performance. Cake and candy for everyone. 

Photos: Mikayla Whitmore

Press: Peterson, Kristen. "The Birthday Party Machine: Justin Favela's Arkansas Fiesta." Las Vegas Weekly. Oct 22, 2014.

Family Fiesta: Double Negative

May 9, 2015. 

Given its art-historical and institutional significance, Michael Heizer's Double Negative was the perfect location for "Family Fiesta." It is a man-made outdoor location, with plenty of shade, places to sit, and great acoustics for banda music that begged for a party. Re-contextualizing this space made "Family Fiesta: Double Negative" a celebration to remember or forget.

Photos: Mikayla Whitmore