EDELO INFO

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

MIA EVE ROLLOW                                                                             

[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

EDELO MIGRANTE 

2014-Present

EDELO Migrante is a conceptual space that forms nomadic collectives focusing on special projects with diverse communities in sitespecific lands of spiritual, social, and cultural resistance. It strives to facilitate the expressions of communities through a distributed

authorship.

 

EDELO (En Donde Era La Onu/ Where The United Nations Used To Be).

2009 -2014

EDELO was an artist run project in Chiapas, Mexico that created sculptural performances and community events through relational

aesthetics, social practice, and social sculpture. EDELO, had a residency program for international artists and local communities

that promoted collaborative exploration of diverse disciplines through intercultural exchange, and functioned as a safe house for the

community. The work at its core focused on the lessons and use of art by the EZLN, the Zapatista autonomous indigenous

movement in Chiapas.

 

 

ONGOING PROJECTS

EMBASSY OF THE REFUGEE

Embassy of the Refugee are collaborative, interactive temporary sculptural performances that symbolically appropriates the

authority of the state--a nomadic Embassy that is sanctioned by its own creators as an autonomous territory for sanctuary and

creativity. Nomadic Project Created with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Communities in Movement

 

SELECTED EMBASSY OF THE REFUGEE PROJECTS INCLUDE:

EMBASSY OF THE REFUGEE

Collaborative project creating habitable sculpture with Syrian and Iranian refugees, tinyBE, Metzlerpark, Frankfurt, Germany, MaySeptember 2021

 

EMBASSY OF THE REFUGEE

Community art laboratory and performances with Haitian and South American Refugees, funded by a Creative Capital grant

(awarded to Edelo’s Caleb Duarte), Chaparral Refugee Camp & Embajada Migrante, Tijuana Mexico, March-May 2021

 

WE ARE WORTHY OF LIFE 

Two-month self-directed residency and short film/interview series created with Deheisha Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine 2019

 

CHASING THE BEAST

This project began at the Suchiate River--the border between Guatemala and Mexico--and traveled north to three safe houses,

creating a collaborative, multimedia and documentary project with South American refugees traveling the migrant routes through

Mexico. 2016

 

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 EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:

 

TOBOGAN ARCO IRIS / RAINBOW SLIDE

Zapantera Negra Performances, Zapatista & Mapuche Encuentro, Autonomous Clinic & Museum Mapuche de Canaete, Chile 2022

 

GIRO GRÁFICO

Zapantera Negra, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain, 2022

 

SEMINARIO 12

Zapatista Space Program Panel Speaker, Mexico City, 2022

 

ZAPANTERA NEGRA, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Caltilolli, Ciudad de Mexico, 2021

 

AND IF I DEVOTED MYSELF TO ONE OF ITS FEATHERS, Kunsthalle Wein Museum, Vienna, 2021

 

ELEMENTS OF VOGUE. UN CASO DE ESTUDIO DE PERFORMANCE RADICAL, Museo del Chopo de la Universidad Nacional

Autonoma de Mexico, 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

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

Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Canada, 2014

 

AUTONOMOUS INTERGALACTIC SPACE PROGRAM

2012

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)

 

LECTURES

BODY, LAND, DREAMS: THE CONTESTED SITES, Visual Voices College-wide Artist Talk, George Mason University, MD, 2021

 

BODY, LAND, DREAMS: THE CONTESTED SITES Artist Talk Graduate Class, George Mason University, MD, 2020

 

ZAPATISTA MOON, Alternos Mundos - Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, Lecture for Ethnographic Documentary by Thor

Anderson in coordination with Intergalactic Spaceship, Queens Museum, New York, NY, 2019

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

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

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

THE EXPERIMENTAL EXERCISE OF FREEDOM, Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 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, Lecture, Stanford University Summer International Honors program, Chiapas, Mexico, 2011

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

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

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

PIE DE PAGINA

La Orilla de Paris Saluda al Escuadrón Zapatista, Public mural Zapantera Negra, Paris France, July 10, 2021

 

INSURGENT IMAGINATION

The Sailing Stones Act, Podcast Interview Episode 2, December 2020

 

GATOPARDO

Historias de un mundo distinto, Latin American magazine, Featuring Zapantera Negra, December 2020

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

MISSION LOCAL

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

 

 

 

AWARDS

INDEPENDENT ARTIST AWARD, Maryland State Awardee, March 2021

CULTIVATE, Project Grant, April 2020

FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Emergency Grant, March 2020

DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, Edelo Migrante, 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, Full Scholarship, CAPA, College Park, MD, 2002-2006

EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES, AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS

SOMOS FRAGMENTOS DE LA LUZ QUE IMPIDE QUE TODO SEA NOCHE

Institute of radical imagination, Featured Aureliano, Centro Cultural Corrala Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares, Madrid 2021

 

THE SAILING STONES ACT

Solo exhibition, Decade-long retrospective, VisArts, Rockville, MD 2020

 

YARD OF THE YARD

Featured I am Worthy of Life, curator Susan Main’s Meeting Ground residency, Swale House, Governor’s Island, New York 2020

 

HUNDRED HEROINS

52nd film online film festival, featured Bartolo, a weekly program of films by or about women, curated by Lisl Ponger 2020

 

FESTIVAL TECNOFEMINISTA CYBOGRRRLS CINEMA

Featuring Resistencias Sonoras, Mexico City, Mexico 2019

 

LATINX: ART BEYOND THE BORDER

Featuring Chasing the Beast, Delta College, Stockton, CA, October-November 2019

 

SANTOS / SAINT

Three-month community social sculpture workshops and performance, El Ambo Bajo EZLN, Mexico 2018

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

IN RESISTANCE, Estoy Aqui Si Miras/I’m Here If You Look, disability lecture and performance between persons with disability and

Zapatistas, Morelia Caracol, Chiapas, Mexico 2018

A DECOLONIAL ATLAS: STRATEGIES IN CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE AMERICAS

Featuring Arte Urgente in traveling exhibition: 2017

Union College, Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady, NY

Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA

Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

OUTBURST

Featuring Entierro, EM Wolfman Books, Oakland, CA 2017

 

KLANGHAUS

Featuring Boleros, Z-Space, San Francisco, CA 2017

 

ICONS & SYMBOLS OF THE BORDERLAND

Featuring El Otro Lado / The Other SIDE, Juntos Art Association, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX 2016

SOMOS ANIMAL / WE ARE ANIMAL

Artist in Residence, Mural and community performance, Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C. Oaxaca, Mexico 2016

RESISTENCIAS SONORAS / SOUNDS OF RESISTANCE

Co-Director of Performance Laboratory with Oncogrrrls breast cancer survivors, La Gozadera, Mexico City, Mexico 2016

LA AMAPOLA ROJA

Co-artistic director, community workshops, exhibitions and programming surrounding issues of Black Lives Matter, gentrification,

and homelessness in the Mission District for six months, Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA 2015

RESURFACING 

Featuring Arte Urgente, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA 2015

 

MEMORIA VIVA / LIVING MEMORY

A two-hour sculptural performance with day labor workers, SOMARTS Making a Scene, 50 Years of Bay Area Alternative Spaces,

San Francisco, CA 2015

MUNECA / PUPPET

Artist in Residence at Rehabilitation Center Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C, Pochutla, Oaxaca, Mexico 2015

DISS_ABLE_ING

Performance concerning themes of inaccessibility at conference, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Montreal,

Canada 2014

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 2014

 

NASA

Tested exoskeleton for IHMC & NASA, performed for engineers concerning themes of technology for conquer vs rehab, Institute for

Human and Machine Cognition, Robotics Laboratory, Pensacola, FL, 2010 & 2013

 

IN MOTION

Featuring Arte Urgente, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah 2013

AYUDAME? / HELP ME?

A day of magical-realist public body performances in collaboration with several differently abled youth, Chiapas, Mexico 2013

 

ARELIANO

Video performance created in collaboration with Aureliano Martinez and El Ambo Bajo EZLN, Chiapas, Mexico 2013

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

Created prosthetic legs for and in collaboration with Manual Gonzalez, Chiapas, Mexico 2013

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, Chiapas, Mexico, 2010 & 2013

 

ARTE URGENTE / URGENT ART

Community performances and rituals, EDELO solo exhibition, La Galeria, Chiapas Mexico 2012

PADRE NO ME PEGUES / FATHER DON’T HIT ME

Community performance and workshop in collaboration with three local Mayan women in response to an intense wave of femicide in

San Cristobal de las Casas Central Plaza, Chiapas, Mexico 2012

INTIERRO / BURIAL

The men and children of El Ambo Bajo break the land to symbolically bury the past in a post-colonial act embracing the harsh

histories of slavery and genocide. El Ambo Bajo EZLN, Chiapas, Mexico 2012

 

UNA MONEDA / SPARE SOME CHANGE?

Performance and workshop with La Pocha Nostra, Ex Teresa, Mexico City, Mexico 2011

BARTOLOMAY

Workshop and public body and sculptural performance, Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C, Oaxaca, Mexico 2011

 

POLITICAL PRISONERS

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 2011

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, El Ambo Bajo EZLN, Chiapas, Mexico 2010

NO PASA NADA / NOTHING HAPPENING

Installation and Community Performance, Galeria el Cerillo, Chiapas, Mexico 2010

WHERE THE UNITED NATIONS USED TO BE

Featuring EDELO poster series, Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA 2010

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

24-hour Inauguration event of EDELO, multimedia exhibition with over 50 local and international Artists, Chiapas, Mexico 2010

   

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

MOTHERSHIP

Three-month workshop for Veteran Amputees with a focus in storytelling, Afrofuturism, and Zapatista Cosmology. Creating body

sculptures and performance, Veterans Administration Hospital, Washington, DC, 2019

 

SHAI  KUMAR

One-month workshops culminated in a short film, Gokarna, India, 2019

 

SFAI

EDELO substitutes for Rigo 23’s performance graduate classes, 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

 

LIMOSNA

Sculpture and painting mentorship (2010-2014), in collaboration with Family Xun, Chiapas, Mexico

 

EL PLANTON

Month-long art workshop series of crafts and traditional sewing with displaced women occupying the central plaza, Chiapas, Mexico

PINTA

Painting in contemporary art practice, lead instructor and organizer for weekly painting classes. Students from the University of

Sciences and Art in Tuxla Guitierrez and local and international artists and youth. Beginning, intermediate, advanced.

EDELO, Chiapas Mexico, 2009-14

ART TEACHER

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

Mexico, 2009

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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Testing exoskeleton for NASA IHMC

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