EDELO INFO

Curriculum Vitae

 

MIA EVE ROLLOW

(b. 1984, Chicago, United States)                                                                                    

[email protected]

www.miaeverollow.org 

www.edelo.org

EDUCATION

 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 2009

University of Maryland, Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors, 2006

AWARDS

 

CULTIVATE, Project Grant, April 2020

FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Emergency Grant, March 2020

DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, Awarded to La Pena Cultural Center (fiscal sponsor) to support EDELO MIGRANTE’s residency, Oakland, CA, 2017

CREATIVE TIME, Open call winner, awarded to EDELO, New York, NY, 2014

FENDENSEN FAMILY FOUNDATION, awarded to EDELO, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2010 & 1012

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Full merit scholarship, Chicago, IL, 2006-2009

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, Wharton Award, Art department first in class, College Park, MD, 2006

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, Full Scholarship, Creative and Performing Arts, College Park, MD, 2002-2006

 

ARTIST COLLECTIVES

 

EDELO MIGRANTE 

Co-Director

2014-Present

 

EDELO Migrante is a conceptual space that forms nomadic collectives focusing on special projects with diverse communities in Mexico, Palestine, Cuba, India, the US, and elsewhere. Projects include sculpture, installation and performance to create experimental “psycho magic” happenings with and for the people.  

 

EDELO

Co-Founder / Co-Director  

2009 -2014

 

An experimental art space for community members and resident artists. Founded and managed in partnership with artist Caleb Duarte, this residency program for international artists and local communities promoted collaborative exploration of diverse disciplines through intercultural exchange. Responsibilities included planning special projects, multimedia events, poster series, art festivals, and workshops; curating and directing exhibitions; coordinating programs for working and homeless youth; founding and managing a safe house for people in urgent temporary need; creating video and website content.  

EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES, AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS

 

 

FORTHCOMING PROJECTS

 

UNTITLED, in progress, workshops, sculptures and performance work with veteran amputees, Washington DC, August-November 2020

 

UNTITLED, Insurgent Imagination podcast Episode 2, December 2020

 

YARD OF THE YARD, “I am worthy of life” video created with Ahmad Afararjah (Palestine), included as part of curator Susan Main’s Meeting Ground virtual residency at Swale House, Governor’s Island, New York, Fall 2020

 

WATER IS LIFE, underwater performance with Mexican healers, Oaxaca, MX, November 2020-January 2021

 

UNTITLED, Seminario 12 Gallery, Zapantera Negra/Zapatista Space Program, Mexico City, February 2021

 

EMBASSY OF THE REFUGEE, collaborative project creating habitable sculpture with Syrian refugees, residency and exhibition participant, tinyBE, Metzlerpark, Frankfurt, Germany, March-August 2021

 

GIRO GRÁFICO, Zapantera Negra work selected for group exhibition, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain, May-October 2022

 

 

ONGOING PROJECTS

 

PERSIGUIENDO A LA BESTIA / CHASING THE BEAST  

2014-present  

With two other artists, as Edelo Migrante, this project began at the Suchiate River--the border between Guatemala and Mexico--and traveled north to two safe houses, creating a collaborative, multimedia and documentary project with South American refugees traveling the migrant routes through Mexico.  

 

Forthcoming in June-August 2021 (postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19) we will be establishing a community art laboratory in Tijuana to work with immigrants coming from South America, funded by a Creative Capital grant (awarded to Edelo Migrante member Caleb Duarte)

 

ZAPANTERA NEGRA 

2011-present

Artistic encounters between the Black Panther Minister of Culture, Zapatistas, and other artists from the Americas, uniting the bold aesthetics, revolutionary dreams, and dignified declarations of two leading emancipatory political movements. Activities of this collaboration include creating community murals and art pieces for traveling exhibitions, presentations, and cultural exchange.

 

SELECTED ZAPANTERA NEGRA PROJECTS AND EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:

 

ELEMENTS OF VOGUE. UN CASO DE ESTUDIO DE PERFORMANCE RADICAL, Group show, Museo del Chopo de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, December 2019

 

LATINX: ART BEYOND THE BORDER, “Chasing the Beast” video, Delta College, Stockton, CA, October-November 2019

 

LOS HUECOS DEL AGUA: ARTE ACTUAL DE PUEBLOS ORIGINARIOS / THE HOLES OF WATER: CURRENT ART OF ORIGINAL PEOPLES

Zapantera Negra large embroidery installation, Museo del Chopo de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, 2019

 

UN MUNDO DONDE CEPAN MUCHOS MUNDOS / A WORLD WHERE MANY WORLDS FIT

Zapantera Negra large embroidery installation, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba, 2018

 

DO SILÊNCIO À MEMÓRIA / FROM SILENCE TO MEMORY

Group show, Paco das Artes, Sau Paulo, Brazil, 2018

 

COMPARTE - ZAPANTERA NEGRA MURAL

Zapatista Conference for Artist & Scientists, University of the Earth, Chiapas, Mexico 2016

 

HEMISPHERIC INSTITUTE OF PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS

Encuentro MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas exhibition, with Emory Douglas, Saul Kak, and indigenous artists, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Canada, 2014

 

AUTONOMOUS INTERGALACTIC SPACE PROGRAM

2012-Present

 

Led by artist Rigo 23, EDELO hosted this autonomous space program and interdisciplinary collaboration with over one hundred weavers, seamstresses, painters, carpenters, cultural activists and organizers of southern Chiapas, Mexico for six months. Materials from this project continue to exhibit internationally. Works from this project exhibit across the globe, including in Los Angeles (2012), Guandong, China (2013), Queens, New York (2019), and Rockville, MD (2020)

 

 

2020

 

THE SAILING STONES ACT

Solo exhibition featuring video documentation of social practice projects, VisArts, Rockville, MD

 

 

2019

 

UNTITLED (PALESTINE) 

Two-month self-directed residency and Short film/interview series created with Deheisha Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine

 

SHAI KUMAR

One-month self-directed residency and short film created with family Kumar, Gokarna, India

 

RESISTENCIAS SONORAS / SOUNDING RESISTANCE 

Co-created with Oncogrrrls, Festival Tecnofeminista Cybogrrrls Cinema, Mexico City, Mexico

2018

 

SANTOS / SAINT

Community social sculpture performance and “psycho magic” actions, Zapatista community Elambo Bajo, Mexico

PRIMER ENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL POR MUJERES QUE LUCHAN / FIRST INTERNATIONAL GATHERING FOR WOMEN IN RESISTANCE

Speaker, Invisibles, pero aki si miras/Invisible, but here if you look lecture, directed a performance between persons with disability and Zapatistas, Morelia Caracol, Chiapas, Mexico

 

2017

 

A DECOLONIAL ATLAS: STRATEGIES IN CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE AMERICAS

Video Series of Arte Urgente in traveling group exhibition:

Union College, Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady, NY (2018)

Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA

Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

OUTBURST

Screening, video documentation of Entierro/Burial, EM Wolfman Books, Oakland, CA

 

KLANGHAUS

Screening, video documentation of Boleros, Z-Space, San Francisco, CA

 

 

2016

EL OTRO LADO / THE OTHER SIDE

Icons & Symbols of the Borderland, video screening in group show, Juntos Art Association, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX

SOMOS ANIMAL / WE ARE ANIMAL

Artist in Residence, created large mural and coordinated community performance in response to completed mural, Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C. Oaxaca, Mexico

RESISTENCIAS SONORAS / SOUNDS OF RESISTANCE

Co-Director of Performance Laboratory with Oncogrrrls. One-month creating collaborations with women with breast cancer at La Gozadera, Mexico City, Mexico

 

2015

 

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR IN ROTATION FOR THE RED POPPY ART HOUSE

Created community workshops, exhibitions and programming surrounding issues of Black Lives Matter, gentrification and homelessness in the Mission District for six months, San Francisco, CA

RESURFACING 

Group Show, Screening of Arte Urgente Videos, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

IN LIVING MEMORY

A two-hour sculptural performance with Mateo Hidalgo, Ignacio Ramirez, Caleb Duarte and Ramiro Martinez, SOMARTS Making A Scene, 50 Years of Bay Area Alternative Spaces, San Francisco, CA

MUNECA / PUPPET

Artist in Residence at Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C

Created twenty-foot-tall "disabled" puppet with community members and marched through the town center for the Inclusions Day Parade, Pochutla, Oaxaca, Mexico

 

2014

 

NO SOY / I AM NOT

Along with three other differently abled artists and activists, carried prosthetics and wheelchairs on our backs up three flights of stairs and back down during an inaccessible event at the conference, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Montreal, Canada

LA BUSCADA / THE SEARCH

Lead artist in realizing mural interventions with family members, students and local youth on the trucks of corporations "borrowed" by the students from the rural school, Normal Raul Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, as a form of pressuring the return of the 43 students alive from the Mexican government, part of a three-week, self-directed residency, Guerrero, Mexico

 

 

2013

 

ME OR YOU?  

Performance for engineers showing the vulnerability and endurance of the human body in contrast to the war machines being made in the lab; performed during the course of invited trips to test an exoskeleton being made for NASA astronauts and to help injured people with ambulatory rehabilitation, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Robotics Laboratory, Pensacola, FL, 2010 & 2013

 

IN MOTION

Screening of Arte Urgente videos, Group Show, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah

AYUDAME? / HELP ME?

A day of magical-realist experimental public body performances in collaboration with several differently abled youth, their friends and siblings, testing people's willingness to interact, Chiapas, Mexico

 

LIMOSNA - NOMADIC PAINTING STUDIO/STORE

Created a portable painting studio where Rico, who suffered from quadriplegia, could publicly paint and sell his work instead of asking for money on the street. Provided supplies and painting mentorship for four years (2010-2013), in collaboration with Family Xun, Chiapas, Mexico

 

ARELLIANO

Video performance created in collaboration with Aurelliano Martinez, a man who walked on all fours, showing Aurelliano moving around a corn field in Zapatista Territory, reenacting a famous Zapatista character about contradicting normalcy, and cartwheeling down a hill to show the celebration of The Other, El Ambo Bajo, Chiapas, Mexico

EL PLANTON

Month-long art workshop series of crafts and traditional sewing with local and international artists for women occupying the central plaza because their lands where being taken by the Mexican Government, Chiapas, Mexico

FEMINICIDIO / FEMICIDE

Performance collaboration including the creation of cartoons depicting femicide while artist Mercy Vertugo created a ceremony on the ground Chiapas Central Plaza, Chiapas, Mexico

MI CUERPO HECHO DE MAIZ / MY BODY IS MADE OF CORN

In collaboration with Manual Gonzalez, created mold of Gonzalez’s amputated leg and created a series of thirty corn/wax/earth sculptural legs that Manuel set up as installation while asking for money on the street. This work is about the notion in Chiapas that people are made of corn, their sacred sustenance. Chiapas, Mexico

BOLEROS / SHOE SHINERS

Boleros is a culmination of two separate projects that worked with over 20 working children and youth in three-week workshops on public intervention, sculpture, and performance in a shared authorship. What was an accepted reality of Mayan working children is now questioned when tools of labor become objects of play and creativity. Replaced wooden shoe boxes with blocks of plaster, and shoe shining brushes and rags with chisels in order to challenge the public’s notions of normality and accepted forms of behavior, Chiapas, Mexico, 2010 & 2013

 

 

2012

 

ARTE URGENTE / URGENT ART

Urgent Art is an interpretive practice, developed in response to the cultural, social, personal, and political in particular geographical contexts. The video series and sculptural performances are the result of various collaborations between Edelo and community members who use the landscape and body actions which poetically approach stresses such as class struggle, memory, and the possibilities of personal liberation. Exhibition, La Galeria, Chiapas Mexico

PADRE NO ME PEGUES / FATHER DON’T HIT ME

Community performance and workshop in collaboration with two local Mayan women in which two hundred clay white phallic objects were created while wearing traditional dress. Sculptures were spread in a mound over the central plaza, and swept up with brooms and into the organic waste garbage can. In response to an intense wave of femicide in San Cristobal de las Casas Central Plaza, Chiapas, Mexico

VOLANDO / FLYING

In collaboration with two local Mayan women, a series of experimental video performances acting out violence of femicide interacting with site specific locations. Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico; Exhibited at Arte Urgente/ Urgent Art exhibition, La Galeria, Chiapas, Mexico  

CECI

Ten-day workshop and performance with Cecilia Martinez, Chiapas, Mexico

INTIERRO / BURIAL

El Ambo Bajo is an autonomous community adherent to The Sixth Declaration of the Selva Lacandona (a national extension of Zapatismo). The men and children of El Ambo Bajo break the land to symbolically bury the past (literally, the artist as representative of “white America”) in a post-colonial act embracing the harsh histories of slavery and genocide. They create a “living memory” to enter into a new century with assurance, self-determination and autonomy. El Ambo Bajo, Chiapas, Mexico

 

 

2011

 

UNA MONEDA / SPARE SOME CHANGE?

Performance with La Pocha Nostra, An exploration of the different body: performance and electronic jam is a celebration of the others, an ironic comment about the idealization of the human body on television and in celebrity magazines. Ex Teresa, Mexico City, Mexico

ALMA MIA

Workshop culminating in a public body and sculptural performance where Bartolomay Martinez creates, stands on, and then destroys his legs while telling his life story and his mystic encounter with god. Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C, Oaxaca Mexico

 

POLITICAL PRISONERS

Participating artist in a three-week public performance with family members in response to a political prisoners' hunger strike occupying the central plaza, San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas, Mexico

2010

 

ARTE AUTONOMO / AUTONOMOUS ART

Edelo creates a three-day arts festival with resident artists creating workshops of diverse content, along with festivities and communal living. La Otra Campaña community of Elambo Bajo, Chiapas, Mexico

NO PASA NADA / NOTHING HAPPENING

Installation and Community Performance, Architectural structures and the human figure are at once trapped in a moment of friction, tension, and failure—each looking for definitions, places or goals to be reached. With intensified actions of meaningless labor and struggle alongside a projection of simple natural acts of breathing, we explore how the natural forces of balance, compression, tension and expansion can be amplified beyond aesthetic value and speak on the social condition. Galeria el Cerillo, Chiapas, Mexico

LONARTE

Created an image for billboard public art series, Calheta Madeira, Portugal

 

WHERE THE UNITED NATIONS USED TO BE

Poster series of selected Edelo works to be shown at the Red Poppy Art house group show, San Francisco, CA

TIERRA POR ORO, BELLESA POR TERROR / LAND FOR GOLD, BEAUTY FOR TERROR

24-hour Inauguration event of EDELO, including a multimedia exhibition with over 50 local and international Artists, Chiapas, Mexico

 

2009

 

TIDE

Two simultaneous performances. In the air, men fight with the currents of the wind attempting to elevate a structure on top of a thirty-foot pole. On the ground, the artist crawls as a snail, through the irrigation paths that water had gone through at one time in the desert, and that migrants have traversed through. She moves slowly but surely, carrying herself, with her unworking legs tied behind her neck. Sullivan Galleries, Thesis Exhibit, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

2008

 

PRAY

Performance with fellow amputee Rodney, acting out symbolic rituals and prayer during the nights in the streets of Chicago, Public Performances, Chicago, IL

 

BALLSUIT

Performance, in a constructed bodysuit made of ball bearings to perform a changed relationship to space, movement, technology and the body, and to become the public spectacle disability creates. Public Performances, Chicago, IL

TEAR CATCHERS

Performance with glass extensions made for eyes that reach to the ground to help balance in the body that she feels is now floating. As she loses her balance the long glass tubes make clashing sounds with the ground as they try to hold her up, and they eventually break as she falls. Public Performance, Chicago, IL

 

2007

 

EVE

Video work studying the intrinsic elements and beauty of alchemy. During the making of this piece, the artist was having premonitions of her own alchemy, death and life experience.  The day the piece was finished the piece the artist was in an automobile accident, bringing her closer to this study. While in rehabilitation, the artist created the soundtrack to the piece.  Solo Exhibit, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC

  

 

2006

 

KATRINA

Installation sixty feet in diameter containing fifty organic wax/sawdust vessels filled with water and driftwood from Hurricane Katrina. Over the exhibition period of several months the vessels collapsed and water flooded the ground. With artist Foon Sham, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong 

 

LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS  

 

BODY, LAND, DREAMS: THE CONTESTED SITES, College-wide Artist Talk, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, September 2020

 

ZAPATISTA MOON, Alternos Mundos - Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, Invited Speaker for Ethnographic Documentary by Thor Anderson in coordination with Edelo's Intergalactic Space Ship, Queens Museum, New York, NY, 2019

PSYCHOMAGIC, Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2019

DISABILITY IN SAN CRISTOBAL, Invited Speaker, La Ensenansa, San Cristobal, Chiapas, 2018

SUBTERRANEA AL ESPACIO, Visiting Artist, Artist League, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, 2017

ART AS A SOCIAL FORCE: THE EXPERIMENTAL EXERCISE OF FREEDOM, Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2016

ZAPANTERA NEGRA BOOK, Common Notions, New York, NY, 2016

COMPARTE, Zapatista Conference, Zapantera Negra Presentation, Chiapas, Mexico, 2016

ART AS A DIGNIFIED REBELLION, Visiting Artist, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, 2016

   

20 YEARS AFTER NAFTA MANY WORLDS ARE POSSIBLE, Creative Time Reports, December 16, 2013

CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT, EDELO Presentation, New York, NY, 2012

EDELO, Artist talk, Stanford University Summer International Honors program, Chiapas, Mexico, 2011

ART AND BODY, Visiting Artist, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, 2010

MAÑANA SERIA MEJOR, Francisco Duarte (self-published), book illustration, 2010

WORD, Monthly guest speaker on Radio Series Juliana Pivato, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2009

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

MOTHERSHIP  

Ran an intensive three-month workshop for Veteran Amputees with a focus in storytelling, Afrofuturism and Zapatista Cosmology.  Creating body sculptures such as limbs and costumes, artistic mobility devices, paintings, and a short film.  This work will culminate in an installation and performance at a solo exhibition at VisArts (Rockville, MD) in March 2020. Veterans Administration Hospital, Washington, DC, 2019

 

SHAI 

One-month workshops with differently-abled man named Shai Kumar and his sister; culminated in creating a short film, Gokarna, India, 2019

 

GRADUATE PERFORMANCE COURSES

Edelo is asked by Portuguese artist Rigo 23 to teach three of his performance graduate classes culminating in a public performance, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2015

OUR BUILT CITY

Six months of community workshops surrounding issues of Black Lives Matter, gentrification and homelessness in the Mission District using installation, performance, and ceremony. The Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA, 2015

AYUDARTE

Edelo always had open doors to the local youth as many lived in extremely precarious situations and benefitted from having an artistic sanctuary outside their normal lives.  Besides daily visits with the youth, the artist created a program where Edelo residents and local artists would give workshops with the youth as well as cook and eat food together.  At its peak in any given summer over thirty children and their mothers participated, on slower moments we had over seven children regularly visiting EDELO and participating in more intimate artistic sessions. EDELO, Chiapas Mexico, 2009-13

ART TEACHER

Art course for children with severe mental handicaps and their guardians, Piña Palmera Centro de Atención Infantil, A.C. Oaxaca, Mexico, 2009

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

Carpentry, undergraduate students, Sharp Instructional Wood Shops, SAIC, Chicago, IL, 2007

 

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

MISSION LOCAL

Artists, Residents Shape Gentrification As They See It, J.J. Barrow, June, 2015

THE GUARDIAN

Chronicle of a Death Untold, Oliver Laughland, June, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Big, Little S.F. Arts Groups Bury Hatchet, Divvy Up City Money, Emily Green, May, 2015

EL TECOLOTE

Zapantera Negra at SFSU, January, 2013

MIRADA SUR

Zapantera Negra, August, 2012

MIRADA SUR

Para Quien Exige La Mejor Information, Victor Vieyra Santamaría, November, 2011

DIARIO DE CHIAPAS

Arte en Todo Chiapas, Jeny Pascacio, September, 2011

CUARTO PODER

Tierra Por Oro Belleza Por Terror, Victor Vieyra Santamaría, June, 2010

 

 

 

Mia, a Chicago native, is a multidisciplinary artist.  After receiving her Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), she moved to Chiapas, Mexico where she co-founded EDELO (En Donde Era La Onu/ Where The United Nations Used To Be).

 

From 2009 to 2014, EDELO, Where The United Nations Used to Be, was an artist run project in Chiapas, Mexico (currently nomadic) that created sculptural performances and community events through relational aesthetics, social practice, and social sculpture. EDELO centered its practice as an intercultural artist residency of diverse practices and an ever-changing experimental art laboratory and safe house. The work at its core focused on the lessons and use of art by the EZLN, the Zapatista autonomous indigenous movement in Chiapas, Mexico that has used art as a main tool to demand immediate and drastic social and economic change as a response to 500 years of invisibility, oppression, and neglect. The works consisted of artist residencies in Zapatista territory as well as at our art center and gallery. The emerging aesthetic was one of urgency in the face of the continuing clash between colonial and Mayan Mexican indigenous worldviews. The work focused on intersectionality as a nucleus for engagement and centered around the themes of movement; tying together notions of ableism, human displacement and generational traumas, land and human rights, child labor and femicide, autonomy and self- determination. This was a women-led indigenous resistance that imagined a sustainable future on a local micro scale, imagining a world where ‘the flower of the word never dies.’  

 

This website features a select body of work that was produced from Mia Eva through EDELOMigrante in Mexico, India, and Palestine in site-specific lands of spiritual, social, and cultural resistance. It strives to facilitate the expressions of communities through a distributed authorship. To that end, the work demands transdisciplinary creative forms in sculpture, performance, community-based public intervention, and psychomagic. Many of the works organize community participation in ceremonial processions that demand a slight moment of hyper visibility of an otherwise underground community and an occult dimension. The work becomes alive as the participants enter into a shared dreamscape created through workshops, interviews, and intimate conversations. We collectively develop a visual language that is bold, unapologetic, site specific and surreal in the Latin American tradition that injects a magical realism into moments of uncertainty. The documentation only acts as a residue that hopes to evoke some break from rationality for the viewers, some opening into the subconscious mystery so that we may forget what we were taught and begin to see.

 

 

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