CIRRICULUM VITAE EDUCATION MFA Candidate School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2015-2017. Performance Department MFA Graduate Studies- University of British Columbia 2014-2015. BFA Emily Carr University of Arts and Design Film, Video and Integrated Media, 2008-2012 Citizen U, 9 months anti-oppression and anti-discrimination training and facilitation, 2012 Yoga West, Vancouver K.R.I. Kundalini Yoga teacher, 220 hours, 9 month program, 2009-2010 62 hours Level Two, 3 months “Lifestyles and Lifecycles” 2011 SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS 2016 Dean of Graduate Students Travel Grant for Japan 2015 Full Merit Scholarship, MFA Performance School of the Art Institute of Chicago Parks BC Field Residency Grant for Dance Troupe Practice (2018) 2014 UBC Graduate Excellence, Entrance Scholarship. 2013 British Columbia Film + Media Arts Innovation Fund British Columbia Arts Council Innovations Program 2011 Rousseau et Vermette Scholarship, Banff Centre for the Arts, AB, Canada. 2008 Emily Carr Institute International Entrance Scholarship PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2015- 2016 Teacher Assistant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (current) 2015 Teacher Assistant at the UBC, Art History and Visual Arts. 2013-14 Artist Assistant for Adad Hannah. Citizen U, Queer Migration Collective and Routes to Roots Facilitator Board of Directors, LIVE Biennale, Vancouver (since 2010) 2012 Youth Jury, Latin American Film Festival 2010-11 Artist Assistant and Gallery Administrator, Peter Kiss Gallery 2009-10 Programming/Curatorial Assistant. VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver
Emilio’s dedication to his art and practice, his involvement in the community, along with his creativity, charisma and energy, make his work meaninguful for any environment. —Kika Thorne, former curator and programmer VIVO Media Arts Centre
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2016 Sobre(vivir), Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch, Hiroshima Japan. ARCO Madrid, Galeria Jose de la Fuente, Madrid , Spain. Manual to be (kill) or forgive my own father, Museum of the Art Insitute of Chicago. USA 2015 Poetics of Embodied Landscapes, (solo) Galeria Jose de la Fuente, Santander, Spain. Colonial Color Palette, Lafayette College, Grossman Galleries, , Easton Pennsylvania Following a line, through a landscape, (solo) Back Gallery Project. The Glory , Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver, Canada. To Die Once and A thousand Times, in Collaboration with PAL, Lodge Theater, Vancovuer, Can Twice Stolen Land, AHVA Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 2014 Me-moria, Agaisnt Kinder-Morgan Pipeline, Expansion, Unit Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Reenacting Riot, SFU Young Innovators Crawl, Woodward’s Building, Vancouver, Canada Invisible Enemies, Fluctations and Remote Profiles, Galeria Luis de La Fuente, Santander, Spain All the questions I have answered to be here, Lui Institute for Social Research, Vancouver The Hear(beat) of the City, Out of Site Performance Festival, Chicago Illinois Transmutazione, Gradiant:From Gray to Color Scale. Tsirigoti, Ionnina, Greece. A Special Room, Dextrocardiaco, Factoria de Arte, Madrid, Spain. Tres Madres, Queer Arts Festival, Roundhouse, Vancouver, Canada. No Rhyme or Reason, Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Healing Wounds, Performing Utopias, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The gift of music, Grace Exhibition Space, at the Fountain Art Fair, 69th Regiment Armory, NYC Heridas Abiertas, Lone Star Explosion International Performance Biennale, Houston, Texas. IIntersections, Guilford College, North Carolina, US. Corazones Heridos, Centro Pandeo, Mexico City, Mexico. Heridas Esteticas, Universidad de la Comunicacion, Mexico City, Mexico 2013 Screening :ialism :izer : ized, Dec. 20th, Performance Space, London, UK. Del Silencio al Lenguage, Galeria Nuble, Santander, Spain. Projected Futures, Cineworks, Anex, Swarm 2013, Vancouver, Canada. After your Fear, 13, Propeller Art Center, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada. Difractions of the Local, Backgallery Project, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, Canada. Love Letter to Paris, Dimanche Rouge, Plateforme Gallery, Paris, France. Transmutazione, Galeria Modrian Suite, Rome, Italy. Lo que Dejamos Atras, Villa Iris, Taller Tacita Dean, Fundacion Botin, Santander. Spain. Queer Arts Festival, Roundhouse Centre, Vancouver, Canada. The Works International Arts Festival, Edmonton, Allberta River North Gallery district performance series, BRAVE NEW ART WORLD, Chicago, Illinois. RAPID
PULSE International Performance Art Festival, DEFIBRILLATOR Art Gallery. Chicago Illinois On the Other Side, Infr’action Performance Festival, Venice, Italy ThisPlace Vancouver, with Igor Santizo, and Guadalupe Martinez, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver. Intesections, film screening and performance, The Glasshouse, Brooklyn, New York. Mestizo Series, in Collaboration w/ Adulio Pitaksalok, Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, Georgia. Intesections, film screening and performance, The Apothecary, Asheville, NC. Intesections , North Carolina Film and Video Festival, Greensboro, University of North Carolina 2012 What Will The Next Revolution Look Like?, in collaboration with Karen Mizra and Brad Butler, The Museum of Non-partipation, VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver LIVE Performance Biennale, Impromptu Performance Festival, Vancouver Trauma with Care Performance, Access Gallery, Feminist Art Gallery Closing Party, Vancouver Invisible Cities dinner, Strathcona Art Gallery, Sept 13th, Vancouver Intersections, Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina. July-August Extraction & Inserción: Wisdom & Juicio, with David Khang Non-Canadian Canadian, Transmuted International Performance Festival, Museum Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City Unconditional Intersubjectivity with my mother, Emily Carr Graduation Exhibition. Vancouver Easy Street - Letter of Apology, Edmonton, Alberta Screening Nationalism & Sports, Gatherette, Philladelphia, USA Screening Nationalism & Sports, The Off Center, San Francisco, USA Borderlands in collaboration with Guadalupe Martinez. A-H- gallery, Vancouver Screening Nationalism & Sports, QuORUM Forum, Tennis Court, NYC, USA. 2011 Theory of Spontaneous Order, Espacio Transitorio, Mexico City The Journey to the Other, Finding Correspondences, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada Visual-eyez, Performance Festival 2011, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Letter of Apology, The Fifty/Fifty Gallery, Victoria, Canada In(vest)Men-T, Access Gallery, Sweaty Bones, Vancouver This is for you…, Urlaub in Berlin, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany TransMutazione, Infr’action Performance Festival, Venice, Italy Not-Belonging-To, Spanish Pavilion- 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy On Matters of Sensitivity, The Art Summit, Vancouver, Canada Some Things Should Remain in Silence, Not Sent Letters, BLIM, Vancouver Mestizo. W2. Drop Out Video exhibition. Vancouver, Canada. 45,000, Who is that body in the window? Grunt Gallery, Vancouver El Grito, Vivarium Gallery- Vancouver (solo) 2010 El Grito, The Other Gallery, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta (solo) Miko Kuro Midnight Tea, Art Exchange Gallery, Seattle, USA A Night of translation, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada. Untitled (Beast), Beast PACT, 221A Gallery. Vancouver, Canada C
CIRRICULUM VITAE 2010 Nationalism & Sports; The only way to love, Vivarium Gallery, Vancouver (solo) Trade, Centre A of Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver Of Hunger, Homelessness & Spectacle, Vivo Media Arts, Vancouver (solo) VIVO2010; SafeAssembly, White Pillows Collective, VIVO, Vancouver Inside diptych, Exist-ance, White Canvas Gallery, Queensland, Australia
2009 World Views on Paper planes, Free Candy, Councourse Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Inside Spectacle, Inside Show, Abraham J. Rogatnick Gallery, Vancouver Canada 300 years, The Body and Bodice-, Brow Gallery, Vancouver,Canada Genocide of the Arts, LIVE International Performance Biennale, Vancouver Diaspora Steps, Analouge Detour to Electronic Sound, VIVO, Vancouver Bypass 2010, Transmediale, New Media and Art Symposium, Berlin, Germany Bypass 2010, ARS Electronica Festival, Linz , Austria Bypass 2010, Web Biennale, Galataperform gallery Istanbul, Turkey Bypass 2010, AND(Abandon Normal Devices), Liverpool, England
2012 Malibu Mobile Museum- Residency program inside a 1976 Chevy Malibu Mi casa es tu casa- Ongoing residency hosted by the artist’s mother in Mexico City
2008 Light In Darkness, Media Show Fall, Emily Carr Auditorium, Vancouver Plastic Nightmare, The Green House Exhibition, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver Projected skin, Interwoven, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver Tactile Orgasm, Net(work): Performance Art, VIVO Media Arts , Vancouver Undress, Abraham J. Rogatnick Media Gallery, Vancouver PERIODICALS /CATALOGUES 2016 Registros, Galeria Jose de La Fuente. 2013 Katalog, Third Issue. Extraction & Inserción: Wisdom & Juicio 2012 F.isura-Documentación Fotografica de Performance y Arte Acción. Antonio Juarez. DRIK Magazine, Tendencias; Emilio Rojas. Stateless Pavilion. Summer Issue 2011 Globe and Mail “ Revival of Day of the Death” , Oct 3 Fish Griwkowsky, “Emilio Rojas @ Visualeyez” Edmonton Journal, Sept 15 2010 Michael Lithgow, “9 Amazing Political Art Projects of 2010” , Art Threat, Dec 19 Mara Kardas “Art and activism meet ” Rabble.ca, Feb 19 Michael Lithgow “Semiotics of protest,ethnographic violence”, Art Threat, Feb 25 2009 24 H- Vancouver- Front page- Genocide of the arts performance- Sept 10 Globe and Mail- Genocide of the arts- Arts and Culture- Sep 13 The Province- Genocide of the arts -Arts and Culture- Sep 13 The Capilano Courier- “Performance and the nude” Feb 9
2013 (UN)DYING DREAM: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Canada. Mi casa es tu Casa, Residency in the artist house in Mexico City. Ecos en el Silencio, Latin American Performance, Vancouver, Canada.
2011 Vivarium Gallery- Curator of Performance and Installation, Vancouver, Canada. artists: Gabryel Harrison, Keith Doyle and Evann Siebens, Jamie Griffiths, Jay Senetchko. 2010 A night of translations, Western Front,Vancouver VIVO2010; Safe Assembly: Olympic Programing VIVO Media Arts,, Vancouver, Canada VIVO 2010: Safe Façade, artists: Cathy Busby, Edgar Heap of Birds, Tania Willard, Jammie Griffiths. 2009 Noam Gonick, NO SAFE WORDS, VIVO, Vancouver Willy Le Maitre, (Edia), VIVO, Vancouver (assistant) Margaret Dragu. VERB WOMAN; LIVE biennale.Vancouver MORE ENLIGHTENMENT, VIVO, David Cunningham, Kathleen Ritter, Sylvain Sailly, Zoe Tissandier, Amy Zion, Vancouver (assistant) VIVO2010; Safe Assembly: Olympic Programing VIVO Media Arts,, Vancouver, Canada VIVO 2010: Safe Façade, artists: Cathy Busby, Edgar Heap of Birds, Tania Willard, Jammie Griffiths RESIDENCIES Vancouver Parks, Field House Residency, for DTP, Feb 2015- to Feb 2018. Vancouver Canada. Fundacion Botin, Summer Residency with Tacita Dean, July 2013 Santander, Spain. Hammock Residency, April-May 2013. Vancouver, Canada. Elsewhere Collaborative Museum, July-September 2012. Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Surrey Art Gallery, Finding Correspondences, Sep 11-Dec15th 2012. Surrey, Canada 54th Venice Biennale, Pirate Camp; Stateless Pavillion. June 2011. Venice, Italy STAG, Strathcona Art Gallery, March-April. 2011. Vancouver, Canada. Casa Coral, Dec 2010, Jan 2011. Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Theatre of Erosion, or I Hate Work that its not a Play lead by Geoffrey Farmer, Nov-Dec 2010. Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
CIRRICULUM VITAE TALKS International Museum of Civil Rights, Reflections on Dissapearing, Feb 8th, 2014 Guilfor College, Queer Performance and Desire, Feb 7th, 2014. Emily Carr University, The Politics of Performance, Vancouver, Nov. 16, 2013. University of British Columbia, Performance as Embodied Research,Vancouver, Nov. 5, 2013 Simon Fraser University, Queer Phenomenology , MFA response, Vancouver Sept. 7th, 2013 Villa Iris, Duration as Exhaustion, Fundacion Botin, Santander, Spain. July 8, 2013. Rapid Pulse Int. Performance Art Festival Skin: Liminal Boundaries, Chicago, IL Jun 1st, 2013. Savannah College of Art & Design, Decolonial Aesthetics, March 4th, 2013. University of North Carolina Asheville , Intersectionality, March. 1st. 2013 University of North Carolina Greensboro, Film and Video Festival. Feb. 22nd, 2013. Culture Crawl Pannel, Arts + Accessibility, Vancouver, Canada. Nov. 18, 2012. University of North Carolina Greensboro, Intersections, August 28th, 2012, Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, August 10th, 2012, Museum Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, April 27th, 2012. Mexico City La Esmeralda, National Centre for the Arts, with David Khang. Mexico City April 26, 2012. Surrey Art Gallery, The Body as Translation, Surrey, Canada. September 15, 2011. SFU Harbor Centre , Performance as Resistance. Vancouver, March 15, 2011. Visible: A Discussion With Artists of Colour, VQF Festival August 21, 2010 PERFORMANCE FESTIVALS New Blood Festival, Chicago , Illinois, 2015. Out of Site Performance Festival, Chicago, Illinois, 2014. Lone Star Explosion International Performance Art Festival, Houston, Texas. 2014. Extra International Performance Art Festival, Mexico City 2014. LIVE International Performance Biennale, Vancouver, Canada 2013. (organizer) DImanche Rouge Experimental Performance Festival, Paris France 2013. Infr’Action Venezia International Performance Festival, Venice, Italy 2013. Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival. Chicago, USA 2013. TRANSMUTED International Perfromance Art Fesitival, Mexico City 2012. LIVE International Performance Biennale, Vancouver, Canada 2011. (organizer) VisualEyez Performance Festival, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 2011. Infr’Action Venezia International Performance Festival, Venice, Italy 2011. LIVE International Performance Biennale, Vancouver , Canada 2009. COLLECTIONS VIVO, Video Out Distribution and Video Collection Surrey Art Gallery Permanent Collection Private Collections
COLLECTIVES Founder White Pillows Performance Collective, Vancouver Olympics, 2010 Co-Founder Queer Migration Collective, Vancouver 2011- to present, Member La Bota Sucia, Mexico City 2011-2014 Member Dance Troupe Practice, movement collective, Vancouver 20112016, Member of Woodwards Community Choir, 2009- 2015 REPRESENTED BY Galeria Jose de la Fuente. Santander, Cantabria, Spain