El Mundo es Mágico, 2023
June – August 2023
Performance and video artists, LIZN’BOW, a duo formed by Liz Ferrer and Bow Ty, center their practice on the absurd and fantastical, exploring themes of class, culture, and gender identity. Their installation, El Mundo es Mágico, brings these themes to life on MOCA’s Plaza with an unconventional project—an inflatable unicorn cow on a jet ski, incorporating playful imagery with references to Miami culture. This project aligns with the artists’ ethos of promoting a more inclusive and feminist worldview, expanding what we recognize as part of our shared reality.
El Mundo es Mágico nudges passersby to tap into their imagination and encourages dialogue on inclusivity. The concept is simple yet profound: if we can welcome a unicorn cow into our space, what other expressions of joy and magic can we foster? Creating an environment for the artists’ magical moments to become metaphors for inviting diverse expressions can transform play spaces into catalysts for change, if we allow space for it to happen.
A live performance by Liz and Bow, performing as their band Niña, is scheduled for July 21, 2023. Their performance will weave together elements from their practice like reggaeton, dance, and community gatherings, conjuring the ambiance of family backyard parties, budget quinceañeras, and dance celebrations.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Liz Ferrer and Bow Ty’s work spans film making, digital media and sculpture, music, video, and performance art. Through a queer and comedic lens, their work together has been building a reputation for critiquing American and Latin pop. Their most recent projects together are feminist reggaeton band Niña and new media collaborative LIZN’BOW.
Liz and Bow’s work has been featured at Mana Contemporary, Squeaky Wheel, Borscht Film Festival, ICA Miami, The Bass Museum, The Miami Herald, Young at Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Cunsthaus, Cincinnati Art Museum, The Koubek Center, The Satellite Show Art Fair, MOCA Miami, Davey Fest, Museum of Modern Art Santo Domingo, Index Performance Art Festival Santo Domingo, Albright Knox Center Buffalo, Burchfield Penney Art Center, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Liz and Bow are recipients of a Creative Capital Wild Futures Award, Knights Art Challenge Award from the Knight Foundation, Franklin Furnace Grant, Locust Projects WaveMaker Grant, Oolite Arts Ellies Award 2019 and 2022, LMCC Creative Engagement, En Residencia Grant, and Borscht Festival No Bro Zone Short Film Commission.
Liz and Bow have attended Atlantic Center for the Arts, Knight Sundance Short Film Miami Intensive, Caldera Arts Residency, Squeaky Wheel, Mana Contemporary Studio Residency, En Residencia, Tempus Projects, Acre, La Sierra de Santa Marta Residency in Colombia, and Cannonball.