Contact - Marcelae.torres@gmail.com | Insta: Celadoesstuff 

Marcela Torres b. Salt Lake City, Utah

Raised in the Latter Day Saint Faith (Mormon) as a queer POC caused me to creating solutions of infiltrating a structural belief that misunderstood my existence

I am a social strategist. Or a visual artist who uses the tool/methodologies of social activism and education to repair, transform and destabilize cultural ideologies that target and oppress the other. Enmeshing the physicality of martial arts with political encounters, I create modes of collaborative understanding that don’t ignore negative aspects. I utilize these formulas to create works in various media including workshops, live performances, publications, photography, conferences, videos, and community programming.

Education 

2017 School of the Art Institute Chicago, MFA Performance 

2015 University of Utah, Sculpture BA

2015 University of Utah Art History BFA

Current EMPLOYMENT 

Community Engagement and Public Programs Manager, Gallery 400 @ UIC

Artist Guide, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Teaching Artist, Chicago Arts Partnership in Education 

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Feb 2018 / Queering Space - Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred University - Alfred, NY

Feb 2018 / Body | Armor - Acre Gallery - Chicago, IL

Nov 2017 / Beyond the Utopia - SITE Gallery - Chicago, IL

Oct 2017 / How To Survive - Pinky Swear - Chicago, IL 

Oct 2017 / Daddy Issues - DFBL8TR Gallery - Chicago, IL

May 2017 / IMPACT FESTIVAL - Chicago, IL

Jan 2017 / F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way - Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art -Street Independent Film Center, San Francisco, CA

Dec 2016 / Always On Time, SAIC Deans Office - Chicago, IL

Nov 2016 / Feeling Myself, Downtown Players Club - Atlanta, GA

Oct 2016 / Queering Space, Green Gallery Yale School of Art - New Haven, CT

Oct 2016 / Talking Points, Student Union Galleries, SAIC - Chicago, IL

2015 / Utah Ties Juried Exhibition, CUAC Contemporary, Salt Lake City, UT

2014 / A Proximity Of Consciousness: Art and Social Action, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

2014 /  Notice His American Shirt, Granary Art Center, Ephraim, UT

2014 / (IM) MATERIAL: Visual Intersections, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

2014 / Utah Ties Juried Exhibition, CUAC Contemporary, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Performance Events / Festivals / Workshops

Oct 2018 / BarTalk - De Hague, Netherlands

March 2018 / MCA in Progress - Chicago, IL 

Nov 2017 / April 2018 Workshop Series - Three Walls Gallery - Chicago IL

Sept 2017 / Fringe Forward Festival - Detroit, MI 

Aug 2017 / Sucias - HoofPrint - Chicago, IL

Mar 2017 / Virtual International Exchange - Industry Lab - Boston, MA

Mar 2017 / Bearing: object, body and space - Student Union Galleries - Chicago, IL

Dec 2016 / Performance Is Alive: Satellite Art Fair - Miami, FL

Dec 2016 / Scoring And Keeping Score, DFBL8R - Chicago, IL

Nov 2016 / New Blood Performance Festival, Links Hall - Chicago, IL

April 2016 / Inverse Performance Festival, 21 c Museum Hotel - Bentonville, AK

April 2016 / Northern Triangles, Borderland Collective, Rational Park - Chicago, IL

Nov 2015 / New Blood Performance Festival, Link Hall - Chicago IL

Oct 2015 / Me Moria, 6018 North Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Residencies

Sumer 2017 / ColorBlock, Ponderosa - Lunow-Stoizenhagen, Germany 

Summer 2017 / Acre - Steuben, WI 

Summer 2016 / Atlantic Center for the Arts - New Symnra Beach, FL 

Summer 2016 / Feminist Boot Camp - Ephraim, UT