02 May Melina Peña | Kubra Khademi _EMPREMTA 2017 festival internacional de performance
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.
A soul. A human being. A woman. A feminist. A refugee. But what would it matter? Her arts speak all.
Kubra Khademi is an Afghan artist who was born 1989. She is an Afghan performance artist and a feminist based in Paris. Through her practice, Khademi explores her life as a refugee and a woman. She studied fine arts at Kabul University, before attending Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan. In Lahore she began to create public performance, a practice she continued upon her return to Kabul, where her work actively responded to a male dominated society by extreme patriarchal politics. After performing her piece known as Armor in 2015, Khademi was forced to flee her home country. She currently lives and works in Paris, France.