Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Colour supremacy, 2017

The philosopher Franco Berardi ask himself about what means white in the context of race and how even that term exists. No one is actually white but this concept as we know is more disturbing than that. White is not a colour, in one sense we could say is the absence of colour and in a more socio cultural way we are talking about the construction of an identity that define white man as powerful and superior. In front of this white supremacy we can find people of colour, women and other minorities excluded from the classical history. We all know that this conception existed in the XIX century as a matter of fact but we also have seen how this construction has been fading for the last one hundred years. Unfortunately, and as astonishing as maybe sounds, this idea has come back to the mind of many people, promoted perhaps by the economical global instability as well as the ever going consequences of colonization and post-colonization.
In any case the white man is back and all those things that use to represent are back with him.

In this performance we explore the concept of supremacy and the concept of colored versus white. In a world where white people are a minority this new sense of supremacy could come as the last and pathetic response to an inexorable reality but also could mean a real shift in everything we know.

Foto: Thomas Proffe

                                                           Foto: Thomas Proffe

Foto: Thomas P Proffe
Foto: Quique Curbelo
Foto: Quique Curbelo
Foto: Quique Curbelo

Foto: Quique Curbelo

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Video work

This a relatively new web where I include my video work .

Esta es una página relativamente reciente donde incluyo mi trabajo de video.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Let me be the ruler, 2017

This performance piece is composed of two different events. One is a drawing that will take place using my body as the sole measurement to apply the paint in the wall. The piece talks about my desires of exploring the concept of living in a world where females has a stronger value, a stronger influence…where some of the values that women share inform the world that surround us.
The other part of this piece allows the audience to be part of the drawing using their body shapes and height to mark the walls.

"Déjame hacer las reglas", 2017

“Let me be the ruler”, es un performance en la que la artista dialoga con el concepto de canon, explorando su propio cuerpo como instigador de la pieza en un movimiento constante. El cuerpo femenino como molde para una posible imagen del futuro. Siguiendo con una serie de performance en las que la artista se sitúa junto al feminismo como pensamiento motor del trabajo y de la utopía de un futuro más prometedor.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Borradas 2016

“Borradas” es una performance que se encuadra dentro de un proyecto más extenso de la artista denominado la “Manos escondidas” que hace referencia a la invisibilidad de la mujer en la Historia. Para esta pieza la artista trabaja la violencia que supone el hecho de borrar a las mujeres de la historia y negarles el reconocimiento a sus aportaciones al desarrollo de la Humanidad.

Photo: Thomas P. Proffe

Photo: Thomas P. Proffe

Photos: Thomas P. Proffe

Photos: Thomas P. Proffe

Photo: Nacho González Oramas

Photos: Thomas P. Proffe

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dark secret, 2016

DARK SECRET, a public art intervention, addresses the deep silence that exists in our society with regards to sexual violence.   Statistics of sexual assault and rape from around the world are alarming and only a fraction of these acts of violence are reported to the police. Victims and survivors offer different reasons for their reluctance to approach an authority to report this most personal of crimes – fear, mistrust, shame, guilt, pain. All over the world, these invasive assaults take place without outcry, hidden under the weight of hundreds of years of patriarchy.

DARK SECRET brings to the streets this secret kept in our societies, the secret of a terrible violence against women through the act of the rape and assault.

 The first public presentation of this piece was performed in Spain and denounced the 1289 reported rapes that take place in the country every year. Men and women went into the streets and silently held together 1289 pieces of underwear. 
In October 2016, DARK SECRET will travel to Toronto, Canada.  The silence will be broken, a quiet stoic rebellion that invites the public, allowing them to look and to deal with this old and terrible form of violence.

Through this hanging action we appreciate that the statistics often does not show the reality of the number. In this opportunity, we will hang 1890 underwear, the number of sexual assaults reported annually. 

rosa mesa  was born in Canary Islands and moved to Toronto in 1996 where she studied at the OCAD graduating in 2002. Her work has been exhibited in Spain, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Brasil, Serbia, Germany, France  and Switzerland.
Considered a multidisciplinary artist, her works move between installations,  performance and public interventions. Her pieces are a response to her surroundings that become dissected and reconstructed in a new narrative that exposes whatever that triggers her in amusement or disgust. She has an interest in drawing as a medium of communication that is less charge than painting and her practice is often based in an observant and humoristic approach. She explores areas of semiotics and the art practice, identity, nomadism, migration,  feminism and the hybrid and changing state of contemporary culture. Starting from the point of considering the increasing aesthetization of life, where the object is send toward consumerism, the actions become a way to rebel against the absolute domination of economical value. Meaning, significance and other type of values are in jeopardy. She can be consider a socially engaged artist. She is a member of daily services and art platform based in Berlin. Since 2004 rosa works between Spain, Canada, Germany and Switzerland where she  has been doing several art residencies. Today she lives in Las Palmas, Spain.


Actividad incluida en el programa de la Bienal Miradas de Mujeres 2016 organizada por MAV 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Project: Hidden hand, 2016: Missing

 Missing is the first of a number of projects dedicated to bring to public awareness the role of women in different communities all over the world. The public intervention consists in posting all over a town(in this case Hamilton) posters of a woman, asking if anybody knows who she is. A web site with an explanation about each woman is provided. The project serve as a way to generate awareness about important women in their communities as well as to have a statistic about how much people in the community really know about their existence and achievements. The idea is to open up a dialogue about why women work has gone unrecognized or underestimated and if there has been changes in this situation in the last decades.

Missing, 2016

 In this piece to be realize in Hamilton Ontario on October 11th the female character will be Elizabeth Catherine Bagshaw, physician (b near Cannington, Ont 18 Oct 1881; d at Hamilton, Ont 5 Jan 1982). She had a successful 60-year medical practice after graduating from University of Toronto (MB) in 1905, but is best known for her 30 years as medical director of the Hamilton Birth Control Clinic. Cheerful and courageous, she accepted the post in 1932 despite opposition from medical colleagues and local clergy and worked with dedicated volunteers to provide Hamilton women with inexpensive and reliable contraceptives. Bagshaw received numerous honours throughout her long life, including an honorary doctorate from McMaster. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Dark secret, 2016

This project is the second presentation of the piece Trapos sucios that took place in Spain in 2015. Here is the background on it. Next presentation in Toronto.

When we use the expression “Trapos sucios” in Spanish it relates in one hand to dirty clothes and in the other to secrets…secrets that you do not want anybody to know. The first presentation of this piece in Spain denounce the 1289 rapes that take place in the country every year and that have been communicated to the police and certified for a doctor. The experts believe that they are much more and that this number do not reflect the reality.
The silence of all the women that for different reasons (shame, guilt, pain, fear…) could not make a complaint is broken by the ones that can make it. Al over the world this negligible actions take place without a real outcry, hidden under the wait of hundreds of years of patriarchy.
Trapos sucios bring to the streets the secret keep in our societies, the secret of a terrible violence against women through the act of the rape. Trapos sucios take the streets to demand to the society to deal with this old and terrible form of violence, to be more aware of this serious problem and more action from our goverments to end once for all with this horrible practice.

Colour supremacy, 2017

The philosopher Franco Berardi ask himself about what means white in the context of race and how even that term exists. No one is actua...