EDELO INFO

MIA EVE ROLLOW

(b. 1984, Chicago, United States)                                                                                    

Chiapas, Mexico/Maryland, United States

everollow@gmail.com

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

 

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

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

FENDENSEN 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, 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 psychomagic 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 children’s program 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

 

 

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 2020 are visits to ten additional safe houses, 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, (forthcoming) 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, Montreal, 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 (forthcoming, 2020)

 

 

2019

 

UNTITLED IN PROGRESS

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

 

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

 

GALLO / CHICKEN

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

 

CHI CHI / TITTIES

Ten-day workshop and performance with Cecilia Martinez, a local Mayan woman, in which they created a mold of her breast out of gesso and a custom wooden table that held the cube at her chest height. Martinez slowly chiseled and hammered the gesso away leaving herself at a natural nude state. 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  

 

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

Currently running 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

Mia Eve, 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).  EDELO was a community art center and intercultural artist residency that behaved as a collaborative art laboratory for people coming from different sides of life. Mia co-directed the space for five years until its physical closing in 2014, at which point EDELO turned into EDELO Migrante.  

 

Now a conceptual space, EDELO Migrante forms collectives of artistic collaboration with diverse communities; art that is for and from the people. Mia Eve specializes in social practice, community performance, sculpture, installation, video, painting and drawing.  She derives much of her inspiration from shamanic traditions that she has participated in from Mexico, Native American traditions, and Santeria from Cuba.  

Several highlights of her work have been: Through EDELO, she created a project Zapantera Negra, in collaboration with Emory Douglas, Rigo 23 and Caleb Duarte.  Zapantera Negra unites Zapatistas (EZLN) with Black Panther Party aesthetics to investigate the use of the body and visual culture in both distinct political and artistic movements.  Mia Eve endured a Spinal Cord Injury in 2007, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.  Since then, she has created many artworks with people with different abilities throughout Mexico as well as in India and Palestine, empowering these communities within which she works.

 

 

 

Artist Statement

At age 22, Mia was hit by a truck. The accident took her to the Beyond, and her physical body returned “permanently disabled.” After six months of hospital rehabilitation, Mia returned to graduate school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to rehabilitate her “soul” through poetic acts that her intuition was telling her to complete using Psychomagic.  

Psychomagic, a phrase coined by Alejandro Jodoroski in his book Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy, is “a healing path using the power of dreams, theater, poetry, and shamanism, and which shows how psychological realizations can cause true transformation when manifested by concrete poetic acts.”

While living in Mexico for over a decade, working and learning from the art of the Zapatistas, Mia became familiar with Mayan Shamanism and Cosmology, and connected her life-long supernatural experiences to this broader, and traditional, context.  She began creating deeply experimental and surreal artworks alongside communities and individuals as an elaborate strategy, “intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the person identifies in order to connect with a deeper self. That is when true transformation can manifest.”

   

Mia is quite interested in the aesthetic outcome to the work. She uses Psychomagic as a method to engage everyday people in co-authoring performances and becoming professional actors in their own created myths. When shown to an audience, the subsequent experimental installations and films can have the potency of therapy itself.  Her hope is that the work, although often abstract and absurd in nature, can speak the language of the unconscious, rather than rationality, to the masses.  Mia works throughout the world, with recent projects in Mexico, Palestine, India, and Cuba.  

 

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