EMERGE VIRTUAL PROGRAM - 2022 COHORT

"Analog Bodies & Virtual Activations"

Aitor Gil Flores, 2022

Aitor Gil Flores (he/she/they) is a non-binary person currently finding their way and and place in the world. A young stylist, tattoo artist, and illustrator based in Barcelona, Aitor is developing his path as an artist, which began during childhood through acting and visual arts. Aitor is currently training at the Open University of Catalonia, where she has begun to experiment more with her body through performing and performance art. 

IG: @arquerxdefuego @the_archer_studio

Alexa Vasquez, 2022

Alexa Vasquez is a Pisces, a writer and artist from Oaxacalifornia. Her visual artworks are inspired by her birthplace, Oaxaca. She comes to Emerge through a joint residency with House of Alegría. Her writings are memories of growing up in an immigrant household, leaving home, transitioning and surviving trans womanhood. Alexa, a Voices of Our National Arts alumni, has been published as part of CultureStrike’s Home in Time of Displacement (2014) and Pariahs: Writing Outside the Margins (2016). She is currently one of 41 contributors in Harper Collins’ (2022), Some Where We Are Human, edited by Sonia Guiñansaca and Reyna Grande. Her visual piece, Cisnes En La Montaña, was part of TransLash’s Zine: Migration Stories. Alexa Vasquez graduated from Santa Ana Community College in 2020 with a degree in Fashion Design. Alexa lives in Corona, California with her husband, Ismael, and their four cats: Max, Mushu, Sully and Melon.

IG: @migrant_cisne

Arantxa Araujo, 2017, 2022-Virtual

Arantxa Araujo is a Mexican artist with a background in neuroscience. Her work is essentially multidisciplinary, feminist, meditative and rooted in bio-behavioral research and technology. Her work has been shown in the Brooklyn Museum, at the Radical Women LatinAmerican Art Exhibit, Leslie-Lohman Museum, Grace Exhibition Space, The Queens Museum (NYC); RAW and Satellite Art Fair (Miami); Illuminus Festival (Boston), and SPACE Gallery (Pittsburgh); ExTeresaArte Actual Museum, and La Explanada del MUAC (Mexico); and Nuit Blanche Festival (Canada). Araujo is a Franklin Furnace Fund awardee, BAC and LMCC grantee and has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including Leslie-Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship, Creative Capital taller, ITP Camp and EMERGENYC (flagship program 2017). Araujo was awarded a full scholarship from Mexican Government Institution CONACYT. She holds an MA in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Theater Studies from Emerson College.

arantxaaraujo.com
IG: @ArantxaAraujo

Ching-In Chen, 2022

Ching-In Chen is a genderqueer Chinese American hybrid writer, community organizer and teacher. They are author of The Heart’s Traffic and recombinant (winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry) as well as the chapbooks to make black paper sing and Kundiman for Kin :: Information Retrieval for Monsters (Finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award). Chen is also co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. They have received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Can Serrat, Imagining America, Jack Straw Cultural Center and the Intercultural Leadership Institute. They have worked in Asian American communities in San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, Boston, Milwaukee, Houston and Seattle and are currently part of the organizing core for Massage Parlor Outreach Project. They are descended from ocean dwellers.

chinginchen.com
IG: @chinginchen

Dimple Shah, 2022

Dimple Shah is a transdisciplinary performance and printmaking artist from Bangalore, India. Her work grapples with humanitarian concerns, equality, justice reaction, and emotive responses borne out of her first-hand experiences of religious communal riots and clashes, women’s safety issues, suppressions, and ecological and environmental concerns in growing and developing cities in India. Dimple has been honoured with national & international awards, among them the Commonwealth Arts & Crafts Award, UK; National Award, Govt. of India; First Gold Prix in 7th Engraving Biennale, Versailles; IFA Grant; and Junior Fellowship from Govt. of India. She has performed in performance festivals and biennales in Berlin, Manchester, Wakefield, Amsterdam Munich, Gothenburg, Zurich, Paris, Lagos, Colombo, Dhaka and in several cities in India. She has curated performance festivals like KIPAF 2016, JAS summit 2021 and 2017, and Basavanagudi Live Art Project 2014.

IG: @dimplebshah
FB: @dimplebs
Twitter: @dimplebshah8

Dora Selva, 2022

Dora Selva is an interdisciplinary artist based in Rio de Janeiro. With Brazilian and Honduran descent, works with dance, performance and visual arts. Dora is also the creator of the Viva Pelve project, a multifaceted that involves workshops, regular practices, artistic processes, sound research and content creation.

doraselva.wixsite.com/selva
vivapelve.com
IG: @doraselva
@vivapelve

Ikpemesi O, 2022

Ikpemesi O (she/her/hers) is a Nigerian-American musician, artist and performer. She loves exploring the world through vocal music, poetry and spoken word. A community builder to the core, her art explores the human experience through the lens of finding joy in the little things while critically examining the world around her towards the goal of creating empathy and highlighting our shared human experience. She has a BA in Voice Performance from Albion College. Currently, she is working as a freelance singer and artist since wrapping up a Master of Music Performance in Voice at Bowling Green State University in April. For performance inquiries please reach out to her on Instagram.

IG: @ikpemesio
YouTube: Ikpemesi O

 

Ivonne Navas Domínguez, 2022

Ivonne is a multidisciplinary artist from Cali, Colombia, based in Mexico since 2010. She uses performance as a vehicle to create experiences that question our human existence, reflecting on being present, and on the endurance and vulnerability of our nature. Her Experimental Creation Laboratories—which include videoperformance, video installation, experimental video with mobile devices and collective mapping with various communities—have been presented internationally in museums, cultural centers, universities, and festivals. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Universidad del Valle and an MFA in Visual Arts and Urban Arts from the UNAM.

ivonnenavas.com
IG: @ivonnenavas7

Jaguar Mary X, 2022

Jaguar Mary X is a glossolalia vocalist, ritual performance artist and mover, practicing since 1991, making work informed by queer and black feminist discourse, afro-futurisms, plant sentience and shamanism.Their films, video installations and performances have shown in festival and gallery settings globally. Their work was chosen for the Johannesburg Biennial in Capetown (1998) and the Havana Biennial in Cuba (2000). Other places their work has shown include the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum in New York and Karst Gallery in Plymouth, UK. Jaguar Mary X attended the Whitney Independent Studies Program in 1995 and completed MFA degrees at CalArts (Film/Video, 2009) and at Pratt Institute (Performance and Performance Studies, 2019) in Brooklyn. They identify as non-binary, agender. Originally from Washington, DC, they are currently in residence at the Art Life Institute founded by Linda Montano in Kingston, New York. They are the creator of the yearly Queerteenth Performance Art and Film Festival and recently, they were given the honor of City of Kingston’s Distinguished Artist Award for 2022-24.

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IG: @jaguarmaryx

Júpiter, 2022

Júpiter is a transdisciplinary artist, mother, social change agent, and educator from Puerto Rico. She is a neurodiverse non-binary femme whose practice includes performance, street theater, and puppetry.  Júpiter has worked with Circo de la Plaza, Taller Libertá, and BembaPR on political, cultural, artistic movements in the west of the Puerto Rican archipelago. She has worked in La Titeretada puppetry festival and facilitated workshops for diverse communities for the making of the Loisaida Festival Community Parade. Some of her independent performance work includes “Ioni,” an ode to the womb, life and death cycles; “COLONIA,” an exploration of a colonized body and voice; “Desde el entierro-Hasta sembrarme,” a piece created through a mentorship with Proyecto La Mujer Maravilla by Awilda Rodríguez Lora. Júpiter also works with Huerto Semilla, an occupied space/community food garden in Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras, for food sovereignty.

Marilou Mariko Carrera, 2022

Marilou Mariko Carrera (they/siya*/she) is a queer Filipinx-Japanese cultural worker participating from the area called Chicago on Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi lands. As an emerging artist with roots in health, organizing, and advocacy, Marilou Mariko is finally comfortable in the home they call body. While exploring personal and collective power as healing, they continue to unlearn assimilation lies, relearn decolonized truths, and learn from family, community, plant, and animal friends to better understand the legacies they have inherited. It is lifelong reclamation work done with words, body, food, textile, sculpture, flipcharts, and community to connect curiosities, histories, stories, and futures.

*Siya does not translate to English use the way “they” and “she” do, but please know it is a gender-neutral pronoun from the Philippines.

 IG: @marilou_is_mariko

Monet Clark, 2022

Monet Clark is an eco-feminist and performance based video and photographic artist, curator, and professional psychic. Her wryly humorous performance characters and costumes are inspired by subculture, pop-culture, superheroes, marginalized groups, history, and more. Her works address sexual stereotypes, objectification, cultural taboos, ritual, and nature’s sentience, and draw upon her experience with disability and enviromental illness. They examine connections between misogyny, domination and mistrust of nature, disrespect of animals, and climate change. Monet sees her work in the art-world and as an intuitive, both as countering to patriarchal cultural biases. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and then Northern California in a mixed-race family, and was educated at San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Art Institute, where she earned her BFA. She exhibits internationally.
monetclark.com
monetdomonique.com
IG: @monetclark
FB: @monetclark2

Nina Terra, 2022

Nina Terra is a Brazilian artist-therapist who lives in the city of Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After earning a degree in psychology, she studied dance technique with Angel Vianna, and specializes in Pedagogy of Cooperation and Collaborative Methodologies. Nina is the creator of such practices as Corpo Oráculo, Corpo Potência Criativa, and DANÇA-RITO, and she has been singing and practicing the body-voice connection for the past 11 years. She is a body trainer, a yoga instruction, and conducts individual consultations in which she facilitates experiences of connection, awareness and expansion. She develops relational and ritual art performances relating to the state of flow, the body-voice, and the present moment.

IG: @nina_terra

Raquel Karro, 2022

Raquel Karro is an actress, director, choreographer, teacher of performing arts, pilates instructor and former trapeze artist. She graduated in dance from Faculdade Angel Vianna and in circus from Escola Nacional de Circo, both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her trajectory in the arts is marked by the crossings and entanglements between theater, dance, audio-visual and circus arts. Raquel stars in Julia Murat’s feature film Pendular, best film (FIPRESCI) at the Berlin Festival (2017), and La Chancha by Franco Verdoia, an Argentina/Brazil co-production. She is a master’s student at the Artes da Cena program at UFRJ, with research focused on the desired crossings between theater and performance, specifically on the work of the actress and the actor.

IG: @raquelkarro

Rosina Ivanova, 2022

Rosina Ivanova works in community art, public art, ecological actions, performance art, and experimental writing. She holds an MFA from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (Norway) and a Master in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute (Berlin/New York) via the Community Scholarship. In 2017, the Norwegian Council for the Arts supported her return to Athens with the Guerrilla Optimists—a street performance group she has collaborated with since 2007—to ‘blow air’ in front of the Greek Parliament. She writes from lived experiences of sounds and spaces, without fixed destinations, to create manifestos, poetic texts, calls to actions, and press releases, which become the documentation for her performative work. Originally from Bulgaria, and later based in Greece, Rosina currently lives in Trondheim, Norway.

Link: Against Love, Against My Body, Against Ignorance 

viento izquierdo ugaz, 2022

viento izquierdo ugaz is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, educator & language justice worker based between Lima & New York. Through poetry, photography, thread & moving image, they consider the effect of migration on the visual language of their lineage, and how this lexicon permeates their queer & trans chosen family archive. They are the founder of Cabritas Resistiendo, a Peru-based virtual festival, co-organizer of BODYHACK, a NY/global mutual aid happy hour for trans & non-binary people, and co-founder of rogueTHEIF, an upcycled denim brand/performative gesture seeking to poke holes in capitalist modes of exchange. viento is a current Leslie Lohman Museum Fellow whose work has appeared in El Museo del Barrio, A.I.R, The Poetry Project, Brooklyn Academy of Music, & Lambda Literary; their first chapbook is Estoy Tristeza (No Dear, 2018).

vientoviento.com
IG: @huacatayy
@cabritasresistiendo @roguetheif @_bodyhack_