NEWS 2018

Saturday, February  17, 2018 - 3pm to 4 pm. 
Gallery 400 
400 S. Peoria, 
University of Illinois Chicago

This performative tour of Félix Candela’s Concrete Shells: An Engineered Architecture for México and Chicago considers what it meant to grow up surrounded by Candela's architecture as a child and adolescent in Mexico City. In collaboration with his mother, Emilio Rojas goes back three generations to remember specific personal and political events that took place in Candela's Concrete Shells including baptisms, weddings, daily rituals, the 1968 Olympics, student protests and falling in love. The performance questions the relationship between memory and architecture, the ways not only our bodies but our biographies become intrinsically connected to the structures we inhabit and the affective nature of the poetics of space.

July 13, 2018 - August 24,2018 ACRE Exhibition at Blanc Gallery
curated by Felicia Mings
Coordinator of Andrew W. Mellon Academic Programs at the Art Institute of Chicago. 
William Camargo, Jarvis Boyland, Emilio Rojas, and Darryl Terrell  

I will be presenting a new series of video works entitled m(other)s which look into motherhood and immigration and the nature of immigrant mothers as others. Based on early photographic work from the 1800s when women hold their babies and are covered by a fabric to hide their identities. They remain invisible but notoriously present in the pictures. The video works shows immigrant women holding their first generation babies, also known colloquially as "anchor babies". The work explore immigrant labor, in relation to invisibility but also the invisibility of domestic labor, as this women share their experiences of migration through the act of caring for their children.

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2018- 19 Residency Program 

July- August 2019. 

The Residents are awarded a fully paid 6 week residency at ]performance s p a c e [ to pause, research and develop new work. 
The resident duos are: Joseph Morgan Schofield & Selina Bonelli Ria Hartley & Máréad Delaney, Gabriele Longega & Keijaun Thomas, Dani d'Emilia & The Uhuruverse and Rubiane Maia & Emilio Rojas.