Bio

Born: Salt Lake City, UT

Resides: Chicago, IL

Marcela Torres brings into action performance, objects, workshops, and sound installation that investigate the interpellation of our diaspora. Torres has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago & Three Walls Gallery (Chicago, IL) Performances is Alive (Miami, FL), Fringe Festival (Detroit, MI), Itinerant Festival (NYC, NY), Virtual International Exchange (Boston, MA), Experimental Actions (Houston, TX) Time Based Arts (Portland, Oregon). Torres has exhibited work at the Flatlands Gallery (Houston TX), Fosdick Nelson Gallery at Alfred University, Green Gallery at Yale School of Art (New Haven, CT), Tropical Contemporary (Eugene, OR). Recent events include a residency at The Lightbox (Detroit, MI) and an exhibition at the Petzel Gallery (NYC, NY).


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Artist Statement

I bring performance, objects, workshops, organizing, and sound installations into an experiential interrogation of social structures. To demonstrate how we are interpellated by governmental, racial, and socio-economic dynamics, which cause a disenfranchise ways of living. In recent work I employ martial arts technical training to speak towards the nature of violence, as a systematic phenomenon that creates constant moments of experienced aggression with heightened affects on specific non-white bodies. Effects felt in physical, economic and emotional levels that create contemporary situation of inter-racial competition, neighborhood segregations and fighting. I embody the position of a fighter—changing my body and putting myself at risk to have a viewpoint situated inside precarity. In creating durational experiences that ask audiences to commit their own energy and time—a commitment that if sustained would bring actual social change—with an interest in doing something that forges a sticky, intensive more honest representations of survival.