|The Poser outside the Costa Rican Science and Cultural Center|
In NYC, the kingdom of consumerism, The Poser was photographed in mostly designer clothing and accessories, an overt statement that coincides with the city and its culture. However, Central America is far from our American consumer culture, and, given her move from NYC to San Juan, Costa Rica, The Poser has had to adapt. Grauso has changed the appearance of the character to relate to these circumstances: more make-up, less designer labels, and, more often, she is in a dark wig.
The Poser in Chelsea from Anne Grauso on Vimeo.
Grauso explains the dramatic difference in receptions of the performance given the distinct cultural environments: “The reaction to the live performances of The Poser [in Costa Rica] have been very different from the States. The public here tend to stand back and stare, in mild shock, quietly observing. No cell phone photos are taken. In fact, any photo taken, especially of people, is forbidden in public or viewed as highly suspicious behavior. Small crowds do form quickly though. I am preferring desolate locations––these still remain a reference to the non-space, or failure of The Poser.” As a foreigner and as a woman, Grauso admits to always being aware of danger. Grauso's looks contribute to this outsider effect: a tall, beautiful, fair skinned, red headed woman––quite the anomaly in a Costa Rican city, making the male gaze in this machismo society more inquisitive than it is intrusive. Why is this American here? And what the hell is she doing with that red carpet?
|The Poser attending Twelve Cubed via Skype|