Emilio Rojas

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Emilio Rojas

As an artist I wish to push boundaries, create cathartic experiences and encourage the viewer to participate.  Before studying art, I studied two years of Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. This brought me an awareness in relating to the body that is reflected in my performance practice. My work combines rigorous theoretical and historical inquiry, site specificity, and studio-based research practice. I utilize my body in a political & critical way, as a method of negotiating and intervening in my surroundings and as an instrument to unearth removed traumas, embodied forms of decolonization, migration, mourning  & poetics of space.


Exposing undervalued sites of knowledge, forging vital links between daily life, artistic practice, and collective action, are some of the imperatives of postcolonial ethics that I engage in my praxis by utilizing performance as a form of embodied research, incorporating both theory and pedagogy. Some of the thinkers that have driven my practice are Gloria Anzaldua, Judith Butler, Bayard Rustin, Diana Taylor, Gayatric Spivak, Walter Mignolo, Franz Fannon, and Sara Ahmed. I intervene in these discourses through my own embodied experience, activism and artistic production. The work resulting from these inquiries is centered around performance combining video, installation, stop motion, sculpture, drawing, writing, text, and photography.


The archive, becomes a site where the personal meets the political, and where the intimate becomes instrumental for the reworking of history. The allow the act of collecting to become an embodied reflection and an extended relation to materials, developing a conversation through time that allows the process to be one of transformation and variations.   Working with performance I live a unique moment in time, space, aesthetics, and actions that create circumstances that challenge the audience. These investigations have taken me to collaborate with communities, seeking to create a dialogue to bridge dissonant practices and perspectives. Often engaging in current political and social issues, related to communities whom I identify and share common experiences.






$2,000 - $5,000

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at mnelson@hydeparkart.org or 773.324.5520 x1014.