Cristina Morales (Barcelona, 1981) is a cultural activist. With a background BA in Socio-cultural Anthropology from University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree in Arts & Culture Management from Open University of Catalunya, she has become a self-taught multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator linking art & politics. Keen on the bridge between art and society and inspired by Joseph Beuys , Guy Debord and Herbert Read, she works for freelance projects and organisations using arts & culture as a tool to mainly address topics as identity, civil rights and community development. Throughout her career are examples HostelArt, Ribermusica and Interarts in Barcelona or Black Cultural Archives, Peckham Platform, Mahogany Carnival Arts and Haringey Arts in London to mention a few. Founding artist of the conceptual fashion brand Totem Taboo, she also writes punctually for specialised media like Voces, Wiriko and Radio Africa on contemporary African culture, counterculture and human development through art.
2012-Present. Barcelona, Paris & London. Totem Taboo is a conceptual fashion brand building new collective imaginaries through the visual narrative of the symbol.
Founding Director – Artist | Designer & maker of capsule collections. Look books producer, stylist and art director. Communication and sales (social media, mailings, press releases, web content, brand blog, stockists, events). Workshops facilitator for all kind of community centres.
* | First Spanish brand present in the most outstanding contemporary ethnic art & design shows in Europe like Labo Internationale (Paris), Ethno Tendance (Brussels), Afropunk (Paris) or Africa Utopia (London) to mention a few.
* | Main stockist Quai Branly Museum‘s Boutique in Paris, France.
* | Part of the collective itinerant exhibition Parures exhibited to date at Klimafestivalen in Oslo, Norway 2018, with her first scenic fashion collection Space is the place inspired by Free Jazz & Afrofuturism pioneer Sun Ra.
2016, London. Mahogany Carnival Arts is a group of multi-disciplinary artists who design and create large scale kinetic sculptures / carnival costumes using the human body in the art form of ‘Mas Making’, Masquerade or Street Theatre having been instrumental in introducing the art form of MAS-MAKING 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.
Costume Assistant & Performer | ‘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.
2016 – 2017, London. Mischief Makers Carnival Arts is lead by freelance carnival artist Emma Garofalo specialised in large scale kinetic costumed performances for community outreach projects. Metamorphosis is an outdoor performance about transformation supported by Arts Council of England touring in Carnivals and Festivals all over United Kingdom.
Costume Assistant | Anima Mundi costume for Luton International Carnival 2017, winner of first prize. Costume Assistant & Performer | Metamorphosis at Camp Bestival 2016, Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017, Kew Gardens 2017.
Workshop Facilitator | Kew Gardens 2017.
Contemporary African Culture
Wiriko. First magazine in Spanish specialised in contemporary African art & culture.
Voces | El Mundo. Voices is a Spanish foundation with a blog in the Spanish national press El Mundo. Its mission is to achieve sustainable human development using culture as a source of inspiration and social change.
2016-2017, London. Haringey Artsdevelops Haringey creative warehouse communities connecting the creative talent in the area through events, workshops and collaborations creating profile.
Co-curator | Social Media Manager of Tottenham Creative Warehouse District, curation of commissioned work, art programme curation for West Green primary school, Haringey Arts website updates & newsletters.
2015, London. Black Cultural Archives 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 | Len Garrison memorial campaign, Black Georgians exhibition relationship tools, digital marketing support: mailings / social media, contact listing build-up.
2015, London.Peckham Platform is a new purpose-built public 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 | For ‘Twelve’ by Melanie Manchot, ‘Cuming: a natural selection’ by Janetka Platun and ‘Doing nothing is not an option: in memory of Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa’ by Michael McMillan exhibitions.
2014, Barcelona.Interarts is a reknown foundation and private agency which specialises in human development via cultural policies and cultural cooperation.Fomecc is one of its projects creating a networking platform to promote creative industries in Spain, South America and West Africa.
Project Coordinator | Management of Fomecc networking platform researching and curating content, community build-up and follow-up.
2007-2009, Barcelona. Ribermusica is a Foundation with a long trajectory in Barcelona aiming for social cohesion with music as a tool through several projects which always make of art something socially inclusive. Among them, the Ribermusica Festival which brings music performances into Ribera neighbourhood’s unusual places.
Cultural Coordinator | Booking of 20 unusual venues (shops, restaurants, bars, hotels…) to host festivals’s music performances for editions 2007, 2008 and 2009.
2005-2013, Barcelona. HostelArtwas pioneer in the worldwide independent youth hostel guild creating an alternative room for art & culture by developing a non-profit project where artists, public and hostels/backpackers, benefited from a free monthly cultural program of concerts, dj sessions, visual art exhibitions, crafts markets, workshops, live painting graffitis, room decorations and fashion catwalks among other events.
Founding Curator | 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 hostel decoration projects.