Emilio Rojas

Emilio Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with the body in performance using video, photography, installation, public interventions, and sculpture. As a queer, Latinx immigrant with Indigenous heritage, it is essential to his practice to engage in the postcolonial ethical imperative to uncover, investigate, and make visible and audible undervalued or disparaged sites of knowledge, narratives, and individuals. He utilizes his body in a political and critical way, as an instrument to unearth removed traumas, embodied forms of decolonization, migration, and poetics of space. His research-based practice is heavily influenced by queer and feminist archives, border politics, botanical colonialism, and defaced monuments. Besides his artistic practice, he is also a translator, community activist, yoga teacher, and anti-oppression facilitator with queer, migrant, and refugee youth. He holds an M.F.A. in Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.F.A. in Film from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Installation art
  • Performance art
  • Public art
  • Sculpture
  • Queer and feminist archives
  • Border politics
  • Botanical colonialism
  • Defaced monuments

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 3099-502: The Body As Altar: Intro to Performance
  • ART 6000: Graduate Seminar: Performing Resistance

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Mellon Foundation Grant, Bard College Fellowship (2019)
  • MAKERS Grant, Other People's Pixels, Chicago Artist Coalition (2018)
  • Full Merit- New Artist Society Scholarship, M.F.A. Performance SAIC (2015)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Portrait of Ross (solo), Grace Exhibition Space, New York City (2022)
  • Tracing a Wound Through My Body, Emerson College-Survey Exhibition, Boston (2022)
  • Control the Bor(d)ers, Judson Memorial Church, New York City (2021)
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