Performance Event: This Flesh is All I Have to Offer / Parsons The New School, BFA and MFA students. Taught by Emilio Rojas
Grace Exhibition Space
This Flesh is All I Have to Offer
Parsons The New School
BFA and MFA students
THIS FLESH IS ALL I HAVE TO OFFER - PERFORMANCE ART EVENT
Students of performance artist Emilio Rojas
Students from the BFA and MFA at Parsons / The New School
Performance: April 23rd - 5pm to 8pm
This Flesh is All I Have to Offer is a performance event, by the MFA and BFA students at Parsons the New School enrolled in two classes by professor Emilio Rojas. The performances center around the themes of resistance of the body in the political and social climate we exist on. Asking the questions how as artists and citizens do we respond creatively in times of crisis? Where do poetics and politics intersect and what performative forms of resistance can we enact socially?
Each piece was created by the artists specifically for this exhibition, and thinks of resistance as a form of embodiment both personal and collective.
These performances are part of the programming organized by Emilio Rojas as artist-in-residency at Grace Exhibition Space. The performances will interweave their interests, practices and actions, and leave a different installations/ephemera as the night progresses.
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EMILIO ROJAS [MEXICO/USA]
Emilio Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with the body in performance, using video, photography, installation, public interventions, and sculpture. He holds an MFA in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in film from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada. As a queer Latinx immigrant with Indigenous heritage, it is essential to his practice to engage in the postcolonial ethical imperative to uncover, investigate, and make visible and audible undervalued or disparaged sites of knowledge, narratives, and individuals. He utilizes his body in a political and critical way, as an instrument to unearth removed traumas, embodied forms of decolonization, migration, and poetics of space. His research-based practice is heavily influenced by queer and feminist archives, border politics, botanical colonialism, and defaced monuments. Besides his artistic practice, he is also a translator, community activist, yoga teacher, and an anti-oppression facilitator with queer, migrant, and refugee youth.
His work has been exhibited in exhibitions and festivals in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Austria, England, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia, and Australia, as well as institutions like The Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Ex-Teresa Arte Actual Museum and Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Surrey Art Gallery, The DePaul Art Museum, and The Botin Foundation. Rojas is an Artist in Residency in the Theater and Performance Department at Bard College, 2019–2022; adjunct faculty at Parsons, The New School in Spring 2022; and the Tieger Fellow at Cornell University, 2022–2023, as well as visiting professor for the Low Residency in Visual Arts at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR and the Low Residency in Dance at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Interview with Emilio Rojas: http://www.title-magazine.com/2021/11/tracing-a-wound-through-my-body-interview-with-emilio-rojas/
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