Nadia Granados

La Fulminate: The porn actress who defies the State

“La Fulminante, la actriz porno que reta al Estado”

(La Fulminate: The porn actress who defies the State.)

Kien y ke.com

 By Joseph Casañas. January 30, 2014å           

 

It’s night-time and it’s cold in Lima, capital city of Peru. Parishioners enter and exit church, covering their heads with black garments as if when facing the miraculous virgin – the main deity of Lima’s most important temple – they wanted to imprison any impure thought under their clothing.

 

Meanwhile, she puts on her high heel shoes – they are high, golden, and very bright – she tightens her dress – it is glowing, black ,and very short – she arranges her stockings and she starts to walk. Her steps convey self reliance but also sensuality. It’s clear: She wants to seduce.

 

All of a sudden she takes a light tube to the Central Park of Miraflores and she starts dancing without music. Beyond the dance, that some people might find sordid, she wants to spread a message.

 

On her face she wears a screen that projects different slogans describing “a rude, chauvinist and hypocritical society, governed by double standards”, as La Fulminante points out.

 

She easily achieves her goal: “To draw attention. When I do these street performances the people who see me were not looking to see me. I run into people. This is very transgressive,” says Nadia Granados, the visual artist behind La Fulminante – a fictional character who resembles a porn actress in order to question and disturb the status quo.

 

That night in Lima, La Fulminante was wearing the screen on her face, but some other times –when she is in a sassier and more aggressive mood – she might use the screen on her breast or even on her genital area. The slogans remain always in the same direction: “Democratic surveillance, Corrupted power, State terrorism” are the concepts she has chosen in order to convey a rebellious – or “high-colored” as she likes to call it – political message.

 

After a two-year stormy relationship with the “typical male who is sick with jealousy who even called me whore,” La Fulminante came to Nadia’s life: “It came to save me” she says. “There’s nothing left of that woman. She was submissive, fearful, insecure, indulgent and lazy to do things”. Now Nadia – who was born in Bogota —travels throughout the world thanks to La Fulminante. She does video-performances in which she mixes pornography codes and female sexuality with political issues. “I deal with subjects that I care about as a citizen; I stand as a person who looks at the world and sees realities that I don’t like.” She expresses her view with strong and obscene images because “I want people to remember my work.”

 

The videos shown by Nadia on her website could be labeled as strong and grotesque; they might even be considered dirty by some people. However, this visual artist – a graduate from the National University of Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) – defends her work since “many things in the art world happen without being noticed” and this way there’s no doubt that more people will get to see what she wants to communicate.

 

Censored because of “strong sexual content”

At the beginning of the year La Fulminante was on the news in all the main Spanish media. The reason why? Her video “Mandatory Motherhood” (Maternidad obligatoria) – which had been censored by YouTube due to its “strong sexual content” – was used by ‘Anonymous’ activists in order to hack the Granada Archbishopric’s website (Link to article in El Mundo newspaper: http://www.elmundo.es/andalucia/2014/01/13/52d3df5be2704e82578b4575.html).

 

Granada Archbishopric is the editor of the book “Marry and be a submissive wife” –a best-seller in Spain—and in order to hack its website the ‘Anonymous’ activists chose a video-performance in which Nadia Granados displays a strong defense of abortion and a solid critique of Catholic Church. Using a suggestive and highly explicit body language La Fulminante plays – semi-naked – with a condom: “It has real semen because I want to show how good it is to use a condom! But what would have happened if it had broken. To get pregnant is not a reason to have a child. Having a child is a decision that you make with your life and the Church cannot force me to become a mother,” Nadia argues.

 

When facing the polemics around her video Granados is forceful: “I don’t think the video has strong sexual content. You can see boobs and butts all the time on YouTube and it is ok, they are not censored. I’m sure my work is censored because it makes some people feel uncomfortable, but annoyance is also a good response to a work of art. I really like that some people feel annoyed by my work, because if it disturbs them it’s because of what I say, not because of how it is presented”.

 

La Fulminante’s style might cause disgust and after seeing her work people might only talk about the sexual subject and not about what lies beneath this. When asked about this quality of her work, Nadia replies that “there are people who open their minds, ask questions, think and even act; other people just say ‘those are good boobs!’. Granados also explains that “some people use my videos in order to invigorate talks or with pedagogical goals…It is also a work of art. The spectator can see and interpret what he or she wants”.

 

In those videos offered at www.lafulminante.com  Nadia speaks a strange language known as “glosolalia”: “This is the language of fools, witches and kids. It’s a language that doesn’t mean anything, a language for saying without saying anything…I talk like this because it gives me a larger freedom to perform the character. I can access a ‘state of performance’ without performing.”

 

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