02 May MELINA PEÑA // EMPREMTA 2017 FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE PERFORMANCE
(to the border EE.UU/Mexico)
Action/ Interdisciplinary Artist from Tijuana, Mexico, raised on both sides of the border Mexico-U.S.A. Melina Peña has been in an extensive search of her own body language training in Butoh, Experimental Dance, Body Landscape and Performance Art. She holds a Masters Degree in Independent Studies Program (PEI) by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona (MACBA). Post-graduate Studies on Sensory Language and The Poetics of Play, directed by El Teatro de los Sentidos/University of Girona, Spain. She doubled majored in Linguistics and World Arts & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In the past 15 years Melina has been consistently producing and exhibiting art, showing her work in places such as the Cerveira Biennale, PAN Pallazo Naples, Venice Biennale, Galerie Taïss and La Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. Artistic residencies and giving workshops in Germany, Mexico, Portugal, England and Spain. Working with artists such as La Pochanostra, Shu Lea, Thierry Geoffrey and collaborating with artists from different disciplines.
Melina´s work is committed to a live engagement with the audience, critically and playfully creating art. Her work is mostly process driven creating places that offer opportunities and experiences to reflect and negotiate among cultural, physical, and emotional involvement.
Currently her interests have mutated in the experimentation with other artistic means looking to generate stimulation and new forms of body language: Sound Art, Body Cartography, Installation and play through the Senses.
We’ve become a multi-body that must develop many skills and have the ability to change, resolve and accumulate information in accordance with the requirements of this world functioning as a service provider. We are in a constant endurance and opposition against this force imposed on us, we are repeatedly going from RESISTANCE to efficiency.
I was invited to work with SALT, which led me to its healing effects and the design of an encapsulated space inspired by science fiction and its narratives about the future with hints of indigenous shamanistic rituals from southern Mexico.
Melina is a CHAMANA in the Future!
My space and body configured by triangles that create a certain symmetry from macro to micro are charged by my mental fears and the ones written by the spectators. I Seek balance and relationship of the mind with matter through a journey that leads me through memory, imagination and dreams, trying to decode reality until fully drained.
RESIDENCY PROCESS AND MORE ABOUT THE WORK