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Emilio Rojas

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Emilio Rojas (ca.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. He has attended numerous residencies including the Banff Centre, Elsewhere Museum, the Surrey Art Gallery, the Botin Foundation, Hammock Residency, and Pirate Camp: Stateless Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. His works have been exhibited in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Austria, England, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia. Besides his artistic practice, Emilio is also a translator, community activist, yoga teacher, and anti- oppression facilitator with queer, migrant and refugee youth.  He is currently pursuing an MFA in the performance department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017), where he was awarded the New Artist Society Scholarship. Rojas also collaborates with Mexican artist Adela Goldbard under the collective name El Coyote Cojo, a research-based, cross-disciplinary collective that magnifies areas of political tension in bi-national relationships through the creation of site-specific artistic projects attempting to visualize and juxtapose suppressed histories and occluded narratives – dismemberment, prosthetics, violence, nationhood, and crisis – within current socio-political issues. The first project of the collective, Phantom Limb, received the Shapiro EAGER Grant, and they recently opened their first solo show in Public Access Gallery in Chicago, as well as a commissioned performance at the Stony Island Art Bank a project space by the Rebuild Foundation, founded and led by artist Theaster Gates. Galeria Jose de la Fuente in Spain represents Rojas’ work.

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