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MIA EVE

Mia Eve (Chicago, 1984) is a multidisciplinary artist whose individual practice and community collaborations focus on radical resistance. From 2009-2014, she co-founded and directed EDELO (En Donde Era la ONU / Where the United Nations Used to BE). A centripetal community and artistic space of collective activities in Chiapas, Mexico, the project challenged the notion of a traditional ‘artist residency’ by placing visiting artists alongside rural autonomous communities that have long been creating a rich visual culture, using performance, theater, and poetry to demand drastic social, political, and economic change. 

Mia has been nomadic since 2014, she makes site-specific work in terrains of spiritual, social, and cultural resistance. She typically is outside the "art world," working in globally engaged collectives of artistic practice, she incorporates healing strategies from pre-colonial practices and uses magical realist aesthetics to explore the psyche. Engaging whole communities, these projects aim to counteract eugenic civic paradigms and connect art to radical political/communal strategies for liberation. 

 

Mia received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A cofounder of EDELO, she is a lead artist in other notable collaborations such as Zapantera Negra, Embassy of the Refugee, and Embajada de Inutil. Select presentations include the Creative Time Summit and Queens Museum, and she is the recipient of the State of Maryland Independent Artist Award.  She is currently a artist and resident with UCSC Visualizing Abolition and An Aesthetics of Resilience.  

 

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www.mmiiaa.com

 

 

EDUCATION

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Illinois USA

Masters of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 2009.

University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honors, Mixed Media, 2006.

 

CURRENT: An Aesthetics of Resilience, IAS Art + Science Program Artist-In-Residence, UCSC, 2023-2025

CURRENT: Residency with Visualizing Abolition, UCSC, 2023-2025

CURRENT PROJECTS: Self Directed Residency, Community Mural Project, Mapuche Community, Lleu Lleu Chile, 2024

 

 

SELECT SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

EL GIRO GRÁFICO Zapantera Negra, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain. 

MUAC Mexico City November 2022

Contemporary Art Space, Montevideo Uruguay 2023

Museo de Monedas, Santiago de Chile, 2024

BIG INK Sarah Silberman Gallery, Montgomery College, Maryland 2022

AFRICAN MEMORY Village De Arts, Dakar Biennial, Senegal 2022

EMBASSY OF REFUGEE TinyBe, Metzler Park, Frankfurt Germany 2021

IF I DEVOTED MY LIFE TO ONE OF ITS FEATHERS Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna Germany 2021

EMBASSY OF THE REFUGEE El Chaparral, Tijuana Mexico 2021

MAPA DESCOLONIAL Zapantera Negra, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Caltilolli Mexico City 2021

WALKING THE BEAST Fresno Art Galleries, Fresno CA 2021

SOMOS FRAGMENTOS DE LA LUZ QUE IMPIDE QUE TODO SEA NOCHE Institute of Radical Imagination, Centro Cultural Corrala Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares, Madrid Spain 2021 

THE SAILING STONES ACT Solo Retrospective, VisArts, Rockville Maryland 2020

YARD OF THE YARD Swale House, Governor’s Island, New York 2020

HUNDRED HEROINS 52nd film online film festival, curated by Lisl Ponger. 2020

WE ARE WORTHY OF LIFE Deheisha Refugee Camp, West Bank Palestine 2019

FESTIVAL TECNOFEMINISTA CYBOGRRRLS CINEMA Mexico City, Mexico 2019

LATINX: ART BEYOND THE BORDER Delta College, Stockton CA 2019

ELEMENTS OF VOGUE. UN CASO DE ESTUDIO DE PERFORMANCE RADICAL, Zapantera Negra, Museo del Chopo de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City 2019

LOS HUECOS DEL AGUA: ARTE ACTUAL DE PUEBLOS ORIGINARIOS Zapantera Negra, Museo del Chopo de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City 2019

UN MUNDO DONDE CEPAN MUCHOS MUNDOS Zapantera Negra, Casa de las Americas, Havana Cuba 2018

SANTOS Elambo Bajo EZLN, Chiapas Mexico 2018

FIRST INTERNATIONAL GATHERING FOR WOMEN IN RESISTANCE Morelia Caracol, Chiapas Mexico 2018

DO SILENCIO A MEMORIA Paco de Artes, Sau Paulo Brazil, 2018

A DECOLONIAL ATLAS: STRATEGIES IN CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE AMERICAS Traveling exhibition:

Union College, Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady NY 2017

Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford MA 2018

Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles CA 2018

OUTBURST EM Wolfman Books, Oakland CA 2017

KLANGHAUS Z-Space, San Francisco CA 2017

CHASING THE BEAST El Buen Pastor & La 72 Migrant Safe Houses, Mexico 2016

ICONS & SYMBOLS OF THE BORDERLAND Juntos Art Association, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin TX 2016

SOMOS ANIMAL Piña Palmera Centro de Atención infantil, Oaxaco Mexico 2016

RESISTENCIAS SONORA La Gozadera, Mexico City 2016

RESURFACING Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco CA 2015

URGENT ART La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley CA 2015

OUR BUILT CITY Six-month director, Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco CA 2015

MAKING A SCENE Somarts, San Francisco CA 2015

CHOREOGRAPHING SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN THE AMERICAS, Zapantera Negra, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Canada 2014

IN MOTION Utah Museum Of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City Utah 2014

URGENT ART La Galeria, SCLC Chiapas MX 2013

EL PLANTON Performance Political Prisoners, SCLC Chiapas MX 2013

LONARTE Public Art, Calheta Portugal 2013

THE OTHER CAMPAIGN Sculptural Performance, ElAmbo Bajo Chiapas, MX 2013

UNA Universidad Autónoma de Chiapa, SCLC Chiapas MX 2013

NO PASA NADA Galería el Cerillo, SCLC Chiapas, MX 2012

CERVANTINOS BARROCO Centro Cultural el Carmen, SCLC Chiapas, MX 2010

TIERRA POR ORO E.D.E.L.O, SCLC Chiapas, MX 2009

TIDE Sullivan Galleries, School Of The Art Institute of Chicago, IL 2009

 

LECTURES

ARTIST TALK With Caleb Duarte, Headlands Artist Residency, California, 2023.

ZAPANTERA NEGRA Latin American Embroidery Conference, MUAC Museum, Mexico City, 2023.

A DREAM OF BEING: ARTE URGENTE UCSD, California, 2022.

​COLLECTIVE ART, EDUCATION & RADICAL RESISTANCE ABC No Rio, NY, 2022.

ZAPANTERA NEGRA Mil Mundos Bookstore, Brooklyn NY, June 2022

ZAPANTERA NEGRA Interference Archive, Brooklyn NY, May 2022

BODY, LAND, DREAMS Visual Voices, George Mason University, MD, 2021 

ART AND SCIENCE FICTION IN THE AMERICAS Queens Museum, New York, 2019

PSYCHOMAGIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2019

DISABILITY AND RITUAL La Ensenansa, SCLC, Chiapas, 2018.

SUBTERRANEA AL ESPACIO Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, 2017

EXPERIMENTAL EXERCISE OF FREEDOM School Art Institute of Chicago, IL, 2016

COMPARTE Zapatista Conference, University of the Earth, SCLC, Mexico, 2016

ART AS A DIGNIFIED REBELLION Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, 2016

EDELO Creative Time Summit, New York, NY, 2012.

EDELO Stanford University, International Honors program, Chiapas, Mexico, 2011

BODY POLITIC Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, 2010.

THE WORD School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2009

 

 

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

THE WORK OF ARTE URGENTE PERFORMATIVE ACTS OF POLITICAL AND ARTISTIC IMAGINATION LALVC Journal, Rebecca M Schreiber, Featuring EDELO work, 2022

PERFORMING SANCTUARY Migration and Society, Rebecca M Schreiber, Featuring EDELO work, Issue 4, 2021

PIE DE PAGINA La Orilla de Paris Saluda al Escuadrón Zapatista, Public mural Zapantera Negra, Paris France, July 10, 2021

INSURGENT IMAGINATION The Sailing Stones Act, Podcast Interview Episode 2, December 2020

GATOPERRO Historias de un mundo distinto, Latin American magazine, Featuring Zapantera Negra, December 2020

ZAPANTERA NEGRA BOOK Common Notions, New York, NY, 2016

New Updated Edition published in 2022

MISSION LOCAL Residents Shape Gentrification, J.J. Barrow, June, 2015

THE GUARDIAN Chronicle of a Death Untold, Oliver Laughland, June, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Big, Little S.F. Arts Groups Bury Hatchet, Divvy Up City Money, Emily Green, May, 2015

CREATIVE TIME REPORTS 20 Years After NAFTA Many Worlds are Posible, December 16, 2013

EL TECOLOTE Zapantera Negra at SFSU, January, 2013

MIRADA SUR Zapantera Negra, August, 2012

MIRADA SUR Para Quien Exige La Mejor Information, Victor Vieyra Santamaría, November, 2011

DIARIO DE CHIAPAS Arte en Todo Chiapas, Jeny Pascacio, September, 2011

CUARTO PODER Tierra Por Oro Belleza Por Terror, Victor Vieyra Santamaría, June, 2010

 

 

AWARDS

INDEPENDENT ARTIST AWARD Maryland State Awardee, March 2021

CREATIVE CAPITAL Embassy of the Refugee, EDELO, 2020

CULTIVATE April 2020

FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Emergency Grant, March 2020

DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION EDELO, 2017

CREATIVE TIME Open call winner, EDELO, New York, NY, 2014

FENDENSEN FOUNDATION, EDELO, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2010.

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Scholarship, IL, 2006-2009

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CAPA, MD, 2002-2006

   

ONGOING PROJECTS

These projects are collaborative in which Mia Eve is one of the main lead artists

EMBAJADA DE INÚTIL

2007- Present

EDI is a social practice project that examines how ableism, colonialism, patriarchy and white supremacy have traumatized disabled bodies generationally.  EDI (Embassy of the Useless) is the absurd that mimics formal diplomacy, creating a parallel world to that of ableism promoted by monolithic capitalism. The title comes from a derogatory Spanish term for the disabled, “inútil”, translated back into English as “useless”.  Here we use poetic acts to transmit a new vision.

EDELO MIGRANTE

2014 - Present

EDELO is an alias name Mia works from with co-founder Caleb Duarte.  Under this umbrella, artist run projects of globally engaged collectives are formed that create expressions of underground communities through distributed authorship.  To that end, the work demands transdisciplinary creative forms in sculpture, performance, and community-based public intervention.  Through communal living, interviews, film screenings, workshops, participants engage in a shared dreamscape.

 

EDELO (En Donde Era La Onu/ Where The United Nations Used To Be)

2009 -2014

EDELO was an artist run project in Chiapas, Mexico that created sculptural performances and community events through relational aesthetics, social practice, and social sculpture. EDELO, had a residency program for international artists and local communities that promoted collaborative exploration of diverse disciplines through intercultural exchange, and functioned as a safe house for the community.  The work at its core focused on the lessons and use of art by the EZLN, the Zapatista autonomous indigenous movement in Chiapas. 

EMBASSY OF THE REFUGEE

2014 - Present

Embassy of the Refugee are collaborative, interactive temporary sculptural performances that symbolically appropriates the authority of the state--a nomadic Embassy that is sanctioned by its own creators as an autonomous territory for sanctuary and creativity.  Nomadic Project Created with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Communities in Movement.  

 

ZAPANTERA NEGRA 

2011-present

Artistic encounters between the Black Panther Minister of Culture, Zapatistas, and other artists from the Americas, uniting the bold aesthetics, revolutionary dreams, and dignified declarations of two leading emancipatory political movements. Activities of this collaboration include creating community murals and art pieces for traveling exhibitions, presentations, and cultural Exchange.

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