Welcome

 

Jennifer Verson, 2007.

Cristina Morales is a London-based Spanish born Cultural Activist. With a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona and a MA in Arts and Culture Production from the Open University of Catalonia, she has become an artist, writer and cultural producer / curator linking art with politics. Keen on bridging art and society, she works for freelance projects and organisations using arts & culture as a tool to address topics such as identity, civil rights 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 political fashion brand Totem Taboo, she also writes punctually for specialist media such as Voces, Wiriko and Radio Africa on contemporary African arts & culture, counter-culture and human development through art.

VISUAL

Astro Black by Totem Taboo, Paris 2016.

Totem Taboo | 2012 – Present in Barcelona , Paris & London. Totem Taboo is a political fashion and lifestyle brand building new collective imaginaries through the visual narrative of the symbol.

Founding Director – Freelance Designer / Maker. Lookbooks Producer / Stylist / Art Director.  Communication & Sales.

* | First Spanish brand present in the most outstanding Contemporary Ethnic Art & Design shows in Europe like Labo International Paris 2012, Ethno Tendance Brussels 2012 , Afropunk Paris 2016 or Africa Utopia London 2017 to mention a few.

* | Main stockist Quai Branly Museum‘s boutique in Paris.

* | Part of the  itinerant scenic fashion collective exhibition Parures organised by Universal Love exhibited to date at Klimafestivalen in Oslo, Norway 2018 and soon at The Manufacture Museum of Textile Memory and Creation in Roubaix, France.

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

Mischief Makers Carnival Arts | 2016 – Present, London. 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 | Costumes for Northampton Carnival -London, 2018.  Performer | Brighton Pride Parade – Brighton, 2018.  Costume Assistant | ‘Anima Mundi’ costume for Luton International Carnival , EMCCAN Caribbean Carnival Queen first prize winner – Luton, 2017. Workshops Facilitator | Kew Gardens  – London, 2017. Costume Assistant & Performer | ‘Metamorphosis’ at Wandsworth Arts Fringe – London, 2017; Kew Gardens – London, 2017; 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  | ‘London is the place for me’ collection for the 50th Anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival winner of first prize – London. 2016.

* | Mahogany’s costume got featured at page 29th of current British passport.

 

ARTICLES

Contemporary African Culture

Wiriko. First Spanish magazine specialised in Contemporary African Arts & Culture.

Publications | Beth Lesser: From Roots Reggae to Dancehall in Jamaica. – January, 2016.

Publications | Staying Power: Afro-British community’s self-representation. – April, 2015.

Publications | Afro Comb: 6.000 years of culture, politics and identity. – October, 2013.

Publications | African Echoes: Cosmopolitan identities and trends. – March, 2013

Radio Africa Magazine.  Relevant Spanish cultural container dedicated to Contemporary African Arts & Culture.


Publications | Bronx:Africa. The influence of African culture in Bronx. – February, 2016.

Human Development through art

Voces | El Mundo. Voices is a 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.

Publications | Intercultural dialogues through art. – March 2014.

 

CURATORIAL WORK

The Curatorial : A Philosophy of Curating by Jean-Paul Martinon, 2013.

Haringey Arts | 2016-2017, London. HA 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.

Cultural Co-producer | Curation of commissioned artwork for warehouse related projects. Art programme curation for West Green primary school with HA artists. Social Media Manager of Tottenham Creative Warehouse District. HA website updates & newsletters.

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.

Marketing, Relationship & Development Assistant | Len Garrison memorial campaign. Black Georgians exhibition learning tools. Digital Marketing.

Peckham Platform | 2015, London. PP 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 | ‘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 | 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 | 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 pioneer in the worldwide Independent Backpackers Hostels niche creating an alternative room for Arts & Culture by developing a non-profit project where artists, travellers + audience and hostels benefited from a free monthly cultural programme.

Founding Cultural Producer | 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.