Welcome

 

Jennifer Verson, 2007.

Cristina Morales is a London-based Spanish-born Cultural Activist. With a BA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona and a MA in Arts & Culture Production from the Open University of Catalonia, she has become a multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator linking art with radical politics. She works for freelance projects and organisations using arts & culture as an agency tool to challenge society specialising in identity, decolonialism and community development. Examples of such projects and organisations include HostelArt, Ribermusica and Interarts in Barcelona or Black Cultural Archives, Peckham Platform, Mahogany Carnival Arts and Haringey Arts in London to mention a few. In addition to being the founding artist of the Situationist brand of political performances and designs Totem Taboo, and the founding curator of the first decolonial thinktank mapping Cultural Activism worldwide Counterspace, she also writes punctually specialising in African and African Diaspora Arts & Culture, Avant-garde & Countercultures and Human and Social Development through Art for media such as Voces, Wiriko and Radio Africa.

VISUAL + PERFORMANCE ART

 

‘Space is the place’ by Totem Taboo, Paris 2018.

Totem Taboo | 2012 – Present, International. Totem Taboo is a Situationist brand designing political Scenes / Situations + Scenic Artifacts building new collective imaginaries through the visual narrative of the symbol.

Founding Artist | Designer. Maker. Stylist. Art Director. Communication & Sales. Key achievements: First brand of Contemporary Ethnic / African fashion in Spain since 2012. First Spanish brand present in the most outstanding Contemporary Ethnic Art & Design shows in Europe such as Labo International Paris, 2012; Ethno Tendance Brussels, 2012 ; Afropunk Paris, 2016 or Africa Utopia London, 2017 to mention a few. First Contemporary Ethnic / African fashion brand dressing the Contemporary Free / Avant-garde Jazz scene with a contemporary Sun Ra’s inspired collection. First Contemporary Ethnic / African fashion brand creating performative ‘Situations’. Main stockists Quai Branly Museum‘s boutique in Paris and Soboye in London. Part of the  itinerant Scenic Fashion collective exhibition Parures organised by Universal Love exhibited to date at Klimafestivalen in Oslo – Norway, 2018.

Mischief Makers at Brighton Pride featured in The Observer by The Guardian and BBC News, UK 2018.

Mischief Makers Carnival Arts | 2016 – 2018, London / UK. Mischief Makers is led by  freelance independent Carnival artist Emma Garofalo specialised in large scale kinetic costumes / puppetry & performance for community development projects all over United Kingdom.

Freelance Costume Assistant & Performer | Key achievements: Costume Assistant for Northampton Carnival -London, 2018.  Performer for Brighton Pride Parade – Brighton, 2018.   ‘Anima Mundi’ Costume Assistant for Luton International Carnival (EMCCAN Caribbean Carnival Queen first prize winner) – London, 2017 and Extinction Rebellion – London, 2019. Workshop Facilitator for Kew Gardens  – London, 2017. Costume Assistant & Performer for ‘Metamorphosis’ at Wandsworth Arts Fringe – London, 2017; Kew Gardens – London, 2017 and Camp Bestival  – Dorset, 2016.

Mahogany Carnival Arts  | 2016, London. Mahogany is a group of multi-disciplinary artists led by Clary Salandy and Speedy Ramdeen – trained originally with Peter Minshall – who design and create Carnival large scale kinetic sculptures using the human body in the art form of ‘Mas Making’, Masquerade or Street Theatre having been instrumental in introducing such art across the UK and also being a seminal force in educating European communities in the development of Carnival as a catalyst for bringing together people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Freelance Costume Assistant & Performer | Key achievements:  Costume assistant and performer for ‘London is the place for me’ collection for the 50th Anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival winner of first prize. Mahogany’s costume got featured at page 29th of current British passport.


Situation Num I: Totem Taboo takes France’s Nation Square, Paris 2017.

Other Live Art Interventions ~ Participatory / Situationist Performances:  Selva | 2015-2016, London. Performer for Trans-form at The Bussey Building – London, 2016. And Movimientos ‘s 10th anniversary at Rich Mix – London, 2015. Our Brixton | 2015, London. Performer for pacific dancing occupation of Tesco supermarket on Brixton Hill, former community music venue. Brixton I love I care | 2014, London.  Performer for Brixton’s traffic lights during gentrification. Projecta | 2011-2013, Barcelona. Performer for ‘Paint your face’ (15M : Anti-austerity movement) and ‘Tube Xmas Musical‘. Walking Gallery | 2012, Barcelona. Performer for Barcelona’s Walking Gallery.

PUBLICATIONS

AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA ARTS & CULTURE


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Gregory Isaacs at African Museum by Beth Lesser, Kingston 1983.

Wiriko | Spanish magazine specialised in Contemporary African Arts & Culture. Publications |  Beth Lesser: From Roots Reggae to Dancehall in Jamaica. – January, 2016. Staying Power: Afro-British community’s self-representation. – April, 2015. Afro Comb: 6.000 years of culture, politics and identity. – October, 2013. African Echoes: Cosmopolitan identities and trends. – March, 2013.

Radio Africa Magazine  | Spanish cultural container dedicated to Contemporary African Arts & Culture. Publication | Bronx:Africa. The influence of African culture in Bronx. – February, 2016.

AVANT-GARDE & COUNTERCULTURES


Kiyoshi Awazu, Japan 1971-1975.

2020 – Upcoming | Politics of Carnival: Carnival as Counterculture.

HUMAN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ART


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Subversive forms of Social Sculpture by Joseph Beuys, Germany 1973.

Voces | El Mundo | Spanish Foundation with a blog in the Spanish national press El Mundo advocating for Human Development using disruptive culture and critical thought for radical social change. Publication | Intercultural dialogues through art. – March, 2014.

Freelance Content Writing Services:


Artefato | 2020, London. Press release for London based Brazilian Art Gallery Artefato.

CURATORIAL PRAXIS

Counterspace | 2019 – Present, London. Counterspace is the first decolonial thinktank mapping cultural activism worldwide. Connecting the dots it creates the first global directory, network and social movement linking the countercultural experiences / projects and the radical culture shakers (artists, curators or both) who are creatively decolonising culture, inspiring others to join the collective machinery towards change. Apart from the countercultural directory browsable by continent, praxis and social construct, it also offers other online and offline tools and resources such as a podcast, decolonial experimental labs and printed publications.

Founding Curator | Researcher. Content curator. Author. Communication.  Key achievements: First decolonial thinktank, countercultural directory, network and social movement mapping cultural activism worldwide. Fostering unity as a key liberation factor in a – still dividing – identity politics activist scene.

 

Haringey Arts | 2016-2017, London. Haringey Arts is a Community Interest Company developing North London creative warehouse district connecting the creative talent in the area through events, workshops and collaborations creating profile.

Co-Curator | Curation of commissioned artwork for warehouse related projects. Social Media Manager of Tottenham Creative Warehouse District. HA website updates & newsletters. Key achievement: Art programme curation for London primary schools with HA artists.

Black Cultural Archives | 2015, London. BCA is the first national Black Culture heritage institution in the UK. Its mission is collect, preserve, and celebrate Black Culture in Britain. Inviting to explore , learn and inspire, it uncovers the hidden histories of Britain’s Black heritage focused on socio-cultural and political issues.

Relationship & Development Assistant | Digital Marketing.

Peckham Platform | 2015, London. Peckham Platform is a Social Art gallery connecting people, art and place believing that communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists bringing meaningful contemporary social practice alive influencing policy making in Peckham and beyond.

Gallery & Learning Assistant | Key achievement: Learning Assistant for ‘Twelve’ exhibition by Melanie Manchot, ‘Cuming: a natural selection’ exhibition by Janetka Platun and ‘Doing nothing is not an option: in memory of Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa’ exhibition by Michael McMillan.

 

Interarts | 2014, Barcelona. Interarts is a private agency which specialises in Human Development via cultural policies and cultural cooperation. Fomecc is one of its projects promoting creative industries in Spain, South America and West Africa.

Project Assistant – Content Curator | Key achievement: Curator of Fomecc networking platform researching and selecting content, community build-up and follow-up.

Ribermusica |  2007-2009, Barcelona. Ribermusica is a Foundation with a long trajectory in Barcelona on Social Art working with music as a tool for cohesion through several projects. Among them, the Ribermusica Festival which brings music performances into Ribera neighbourhood’s unusual places.

Festival Coordinator | Key achievement: Booking of 20 unusual venues (shops, restaurants, bars, hotels…) to host festival ‘s music performances for editions 2007, 2008 and 2009.

HostelArt | 2005-2013, Barcelona. HostelArt was piooner in the Independent Backpackers Hostel sector creating an alternative room for arts & culture by developing a non-profit project where artists, travellers + visitors audience and hostels, benefited from a free monthly cultural programme.

Founding Curator | Key achievements: Production, organisation, administration and communication of 96 art exhibitions, 400 concerts, 400 Dj sessions, 400 screenings, 2 charity theme Festivals, 1 fashion catwalk, 100 design markets, 5 outdoor live graffiti paintings and 5 big decoration projects. Inspired following Independent Backpackers Hostels bringing arts & culture to their spaces worldwide.