Mia Eve Rollow (b. 1984, Chicago)
Flavio Paniagua 82
San cristobal de las casa chiapas, MX 29230
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Masters of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 2009
University of Maryland, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Honors Program 2006
DUKE DORRIS GRANT EDELO – Arte Urgente, La Pena Cultural Center,
Oakland, CA. 2016.
CREATIVE TIMES EDELO is Open Call Winner, NY NY. 2014
FENDENSEN GRANT EDELO Oaxaca MX. 2010 & 1012.
FULL MERRIT SCHOLARSHIP SAIC Chicago, IL. 2006-2009.
WHARTON AWARD First in Class Art Department, U of MD. 2006.
BELLEZA First is Class, Study Abroad, Florence Italy. 2005.
CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS Full Scholarship, U of MD. 2002-2006.
Since 2014 EDELO behaves as nomadic collectives focusing on special projects with diverse communities. Since 2014 I have been lead artist in
Co-Founder / Co-Director 2009 -2014
Creator of experimental art space for community members and resident artists. I co-ran the residency program for international artists and local communities that promoted collaborative exploration of diverse disciplines through intercultural exchange. I co-ran special projects, workshops, assisted in curating, organizing, and directing exhibitions, multimedia events and art festivals. I ran the children’s program for working and homeless youth, opened a safe house for people in urgent temporary need. I run the poster series, videos, imagery and web design.
EXHIBITIONS PERFORMANCES AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS
LOS HUECOS DEL AGUA: ARTE ACTUAL DE PUEBLOS ORIGINARIOS / THE HOLES OF WATER : CURRENT ART OF ORIGINAL PEOPLES
Zapantera Negra embroidery is insalled in the Museo del Chopo de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 2019.
UNTITLED IN PROGRESS Two month Residency and Short Film/Interview series created with Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine, 2019.
SHAI Short film created with Shai and Raginil Kumar, Gokarna, India, 2019.
RESISTENCIAS SONORAS / SOUNDING RESISTANCE Co-created with Oncogrrrls, Festival Tecnofeminista Cybogrrrls Cinema, DF, MX, 2019.
DO SILÊNCIO À MEMÓRIA, Zapantera Negra, Paco das Artes Sau Paulo Brazil.
UN MUNDO DONDE CEPAN MUCHOS MUNDOS / A WORLD WHERE MANY WORLDS FIT
This was the first exhibition of original Zapatista artwork in Cuba, Zapantera Negra was an invited artist, Large embroidery Installation, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba, 2018.
SANTOS / SAINT
Community social sculpture performance and pchyco magic actions, Zapatista community Elambo Bajo, 2018.
PRIMER ENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL POR MUJERES QUE LUCHAN / 1ST INTERNATIONAL GATHERING FOR WOMEN IN RESISTANCE
Speaker in Disability Lecture, Directed a performance between persons with disability and Zapatistas, Morelia Caracol, Chiapas, 2018.
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, NY, 2018.
-Tufts Universary Art Gallery, Medford, MA, 2017.
-Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA. 2017.
EM Wolfman Books, Screening Video Documentation of Intierro, Oakland CA, USA, 2017.
Z-Space, Screening Video Documentation of Boleros, San Francisco CA, USA, 2017.
Mayan & Zoque Performance Group creates Edelo Migrante Arte Urgente Colective, MUY Galeria, Chiapas MX. 2016.
Artistic encounters between the Black Panther Minister of Culture, Zapatistas and other artists from the Americas to create community murals and myriad art pieces for traveling exhibitions, presentations, and cultural exchange.
2011 – Present.
COMPARTE - ZAPANTERA NEGRA MURAL
Zapatista conference for artist & scientists, University of the Earth, Chiapas MX. 2016.
EL OTRO LADO
Icons & Symbols of the Borderland, Video Screening in Group Show, Juntos Art Association, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin TX. 2016.
Artist in Residence at Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C
Created mural performances with community members. 2016.
Co-Director of Performance Laboratory with Oncogrrrls
One-month creating collaborations with women/trans with breast cancer at La Gozadera, DF, MX. 2016.
CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR IN ROTATION FOR THE RED POPPY ART HOUSE
Created community workshops, exhibitions and programming surrounding issues of Black Lives Matters, gentrification and homelessness in the Mission for six months, San Francisco, CA. 2015.
Group Show, Mission Cultural Center San Francisco CA. 2015.
Making a Scene, Group Show, Somarts, San Francisco CA. 2015.
Artist in Residence at Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C
Created giant "disabled" puppet with community members and marched through the town Center Pochutla. 2015.
NO SOY / I AM NOT
Centro Hemesferico Encuentro Montréal, Performance carrying our prosthetics and wheelchairs on our backs up three flights of stairs and back down durring an unaccessible event, Disability Group, Canada. 2014.
CENTRO HEMESFERICO ENCUENTRO MONTRÉAL
Zapantera Negra is invited to exhibit, Canada. 2014.
LA BUSCADA / THE SEARCH
Durring a three week residency I was 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. 2014.
PERSIGUIENDO A LA BESTIA / CHASING THE BEAST
Myself and two other artists, as Edelo Migrante, begin at the Suchiate River which acts as the border between Guatemala and Mexico, and travel north to two safe houses, creating a collaborative, multimedia and documentary project with the South American refugees traveling the migrant routes through Mexico. *We plan to visit ten additional safe houses along the path north with the awarded Creative Capital recieved for this project in 2020.
Hosted and organized community drawing sessions and installations, Edelo Chiapas MX. 2009 – 2014
Utah Museum Of Contemporary Art, Group Show, Salt Lake City Utah. 2013.
LIMOSNA - NOMADIC PAINTING STUDIO/STORE
Collaboration with Family Xun, Chiapas MX. 2013.
GALLO / CHICKEN
Collaborative Video Performance with Aurelliano, Chiapas MX. 2013.
Lead Artist in a month long art workshop series of crafts and traditional sewing with local and international artists, Chiapas MX. 2013.
FEMINICIDIO / FEMICIDE
Live Mural using cartooning and Plant Pigment in Collaboration with Community, Chiapas MX. 2013.
MI CUERPO HECHO DE MAIZ / MY BODY IS MADE OF CORN
Creating corn legs with amputee Manuel, Chiapas, MX. 2013.
Exhibit, La Galeria, Chiapas MX. 2012.
PADRE NO ME PEGUES / FATHER DON’T HIT ME
Community Performance, Central Plaza, Chiapas MX. 2012.
VOLANDO / FLYING
Video Performance in Collaboration with local Mayan Artists. Chamula Chiapas MX. 2012.
CHI CHI / TITIES
Ten-day workshop and Performance w Cecilia Martinez, Chiapas, MX. 2012.
AUTONOMOUS INTERGALACTIC SPACE PROGRAM
Lead Artist RIGO 23. EDELO became Space Center for six months hosting more than 100 local and Zapatista artists. Later install in Red Cat Gallery, LA. 2012.
INTIERRO / BURIAL
Day-long performance with La Otra Campaña community, El Ambo Chiapas MX. 2011.
Performance with La Pocha Nostra, Ex Teresa, MX. 2011.
Ten-day workshop culminating in a three-day performance, Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C, Oaxaca MX. 2011.
AMPUTATIONS VS. NATURAL HEALING
Body Transformations, University of Baltimore Hospital, MD. 2011.
Participating Artist in a three-week public performance with family members in response to a political prisoners hunger strike occupying the central plaza, Chiapas MX. 2011.
BOLEROS / SHOE SHINERS
Three-week workshop of social sculpture with shoe shiners culminated with a four-hour public performance intervention, Chiapas MX. 2010 & 2013.
Participating Artist in three-day arts festival in collaboration with La Otra Campaña community of Elambo Bajo, Chiapas MX. 2010.
NO PASA NADA / NOTHING HAPPENING
Installation and Community Performance, Galeria el Cerillo, Chiapas MX. 2010.
Exoskeleton guinea pig culminating in performance for engineers, NASA & Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Robotics Lab, Pensacola FL. 2010 & 2013.
Public Art Piece, Calheta Madeira, Portugal. 2010.
WHERE THE UNITED NATIONS USED TO BE
Red Poppy Art house, EDELO Poster Series Exhibit, San Francisco, CA. 2010.
TIERRA POR ORO, BELLESA POR TERROR - 24Horas
EDELO Inauguration, Multimedia Exhibition with over 50 Local and International Artists, Chiapas MX. 2010.
Sullivan Galleries, Thesis Exhibit, School Of The Art Institute of Chicago IL. 2009.
Video Performance, Death Valley, CA. 2009.
Bodysuit and Public Performance, Chicago IL. 2008.
Collaborative Public Performance, Chicago, IL. 2008.
Hillyer Art Space – Exhibit, Washington DC. 2007.
DEATH AND BACK
Body Transformations, Chicago IL. 2007.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Exhibit with Foon Sham, Hong Kong. 2006.
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, NY, 2019.
SPYCHO MAGIC, Visiting Artist, SAIC, Chicago, IL. 2019.
DISABILITY IN SAN CRISTOBAL, Invited Speaker, La Ensenansa, San Cristobal, Chiapas, 2018.
SUBTERRANEA AL ESPACIO, Visiting Artist, Artist League, Montgomery College, MD. 2017.
ART AS A SOCIAL FORCE: THE EXPERIMENTAL EXERCISE OF FREEDOM, Visiting Artist, SAIC, Chicago, IL. 2016.
ZAPANTERA NEGRA BOOK, Common Notions, New York, NY. 2O16.
COMPARTE, Zapatista Conference, Zapantera Negra Presentation, Chiapas, MX. 2016.
ART AS A DIGNIFIED REBELLION, Visiting Artist, Montgomery College, MD. 2O16.
HEMISPHERIC INSTITUTE OF PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS Zapantera Negra Presentation, Montreal, Canada. 2014.
UNA MONEDA, La Pocha Nostra Video Performance Featured in Bestias Danzantes Festival de Cine & Danza 2015.
20 YEARS AFTER NAFTA MANY WORLDS ARE POSSIBLE, Creative Time Reports. 2012.
CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT, EDELO Presentation, New York, NY. 2O12.
EDELO, Artist talk, International Honors program, MX. 2O11.
ART AND BODY, Visiting Artist, Montgomery College, MD. 2010.
MAÑANA SERIA MEJOR, Book Illustration for Poet Francisco Duarte. 2010.
OUT OF BALANCE, Grad Talk, SAIC, Chicago, IL. 2009.
WORD, Monthly guest speaker on Radio Series Juliana Pivato, SAIC, IL. 2009.
GRADUATE PERFORMANCE COURSES
Rigo 23’s substitute teacher, SFAI, CA. 2015.
OUR BUILT CITY
Taught community workshops surrounding issues of Black Lives Matters, gentrification and homelessness in the Mission, San Francisco, CA. 2015.
Pioneered/Coordinated/Lead Teacher for Art/Food Program for working youth, EDELO, MX. 2009-13.
For children with mental Handicap, Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, A.C. MX. 2009.
Sharp Instructional Wood Shops, SAIC, IL. 2007.
Artists, Residents shape gentrification as they see it, J.J Barrow, JUNE 2015.
Chronicle of a Death Untold, Oliver Laughland, June 2015.
Big, little S.F. arts groups bury hatchet, divvy up city money, Emily Green, May 2015.
Zapantera Negra at SFSU. January 2013.
Zapantera Negra, August 2012.
Para Quien Exige La Mejor Information, Victor Vieyra Santamaría, November 2011.
DIARIO DE CHIAPAS
Arte en Todo Chiapas, Jeny Pascacio. September 2011.
Tierra Por Oro Belleza Por Terror, Victor Vieyra Santamaría, June 2010.
Mia Eve, native to Chicago, is a multidisciplinary artist. After receiving her masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 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 an art laboratory of collaboration for people coming from different sides of life. Mia Co-Directed the space for five years until its physical closing in 2014 when EDELO turned into EDELO Migrante, now a conceptual space, one that 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 has 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 esthetics 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.
At age 22 Mia was hit by a truck, which took her to the beyond, her physical body returning permanently disabled. Six months after hospital rehabilitation Mia returned back to graduate school at The Art Institute of Chicago, to rehabilitate her “soul”, through poetic act’s her intuition was telling her to do, a practice she would only years later, while living in Mexico, discover as termed Spycho Magic.
Spycho Magic coined by Alejandro Jodoroski “A healing path using the power of dreams, theater, poetry, and shamanism • 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, Rollow became familiar with Mayan Shamanism and Cosmology, and connected her life-long supernatural experiences to this broader and traditional context. She began in-depth experimental surreal artwork with 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.”
Unlike most social practice work, Mia is quite interested in the aesthetic outcome to the work. She uses spycho magic as method to engage civil persons to co-author a performance, to become professional actors in their own created myth, creating a visual residue that will have the potency of the therapy itself that can be shown to a global audience. Although abstract and absurd in nature, her hope is for it to speak to the language of the unconscious of the masses, rather than the rational mind.