Under the Influence of Love
Doors open at 8:00 PM. Performance begins at 8:30 PM
In Conjunction with On the Ground, a group exhibition of new work by artists responding to a particular locale, Southern Exposure presents Under the Influence of Love. Celebrate the release of ChuCha Santamaría y Usted’s self-titled debut album with the performance extravaganza, Under the Influence of Love. Featuring the unforgettable ChuCha herself in a never-before-seen show of psychedelic projections, special effects and multiple costume changes, the musical duo transports the audience to a dance floor where mainland-tinged dreams of success come to life in the pulsing rhythms of the music.
Performing the album in its entirety, the show is divided into two distinct but overlapping sections and narrates the life of ChuCha and her ancestry as paralleled through a non-linear retelling of Puerto Rican histories of assimilation and resistance to colonialism. Side A tells the story of growing up on the island of Puerto Rico all the while being lured by the siren songs on the radio promising a better life abroad in the US. Side B begins with the act of migration to the US and tells of the burdens and joys of the multiple identities laid-upon and experienced by immigrants and the marginalized alike.