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Emilio Rojas

Emilio Rojas, "I am complete from Manual to Be (to Kill) or to Forgive my Own father," 2015-2017, Performance installation & text
Emilio Rojas, "I am complete from Manual to Be (to Kill) or to Forgive my Own father," 2015-2017, Performance installation & text

Emilio Rojas (b.1985, Mexico City) is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily with the body in performance, using film, video, photography, installation, public interventions and sculpture.

Rojas 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 researched-based practice is heavily influenced by queer archives, border politics, botanical colonialism, and defaced monuments. His works have been exhibited in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Austria, England, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia. Besides his artistic practice, Rojas is also a translator, community activist, yoga teacher, and anti-oppression facilitator with queer, migrant, and refugee youth. Rojas recently  graduated from SAIC with an MFA from the Performance department. Galeria Jose de la Fuente in Santander, Spain and Gallleriapiú in Bologna, Italy represents Rojas’ work. 

Resident year: 
2017-2018
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident