Maya Escobar

American, Born
Lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri



Maya Escobar is a Guatemalan Jewish interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a BFA with an emphasis in Art Education. She has taught, performed and exhibited work in Spain, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and the United States.

Jewish Women, Jewish Girls, The Club, and Latina Role Model are part of a series entitled Acciones Pl√°sticas, an interactive performance piece that questions the role of stereotyping in the development of identity. Modeled after low-quality videos blogs, each video features a woman whose life has been visibly defined by societal expectations. The videos are made accessible to the general public through their strategic placement, on all of the popular social networking sites such as youtube and myspace. This internet-backdrop contextualizes the videos by framing them with similarly tagged content. The linked videos, images, and profiles point directly to the heart of the depicted stereotypes.


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