Visiting Artist in Residence
Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance
Biography:Emilio Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily with the body in performance, using film, video, photography, installation, public interventions, and sculpture. His work explores the relation between artist and audience, and is heavily influenced by queer archives, border politics, and defaced monuments. He has been exhibited in his native Mexico, Spain, Canada, Austria, England, France, Greece, Australia, Japan, and the United States, at venues such as Vivarium Gallery, Vancouver; Performance Space and Angus-Hughes Gallery, London; Infr’action Performance Festival, Venice; Glasshouse, Brooklyn; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. In addition to his artistic practice, he is also a yoga teacher, translator, community activist, and anti-oppression facilitator with queer, migrant, and refugee youth. He has attended residencies at Performance Space, Folkestone, UK; Laboratoire des Arts de la Performance, Paris; Banff Centre, Alberta; Elsewhere Museum, North Carolina; Surrey Art Gallery, British Columbia; Botín Foundation, Spain; and Pirate Camp: Stateless Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. He has delivered lectures at national and international institutions, including Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, on (de)colonial aesthetics; International Civil Rights Center and Museum, on reflections on disappearing; Emily Carr University, on the politics of performance; Lafayette College, on colonial color palettes; and Simon Fraser University, on queer phenomenology. Rojas is represented by Galeria Jose de la Fuente in Santander, Spain, and GallleriaPiù in Bologna, Italy.
BFA, Emily Carr University of Art and Design; MFA, University of British Columbia; MFA, performance, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At Bard since 2019.
Location: Fisher Center for the Performing Arts